We propose to solve the credibility problem by assigning each scientific report a simple measure of veracity, the R-factor, with R standing for reputation, reproducibility, responsibility, and robustness
The R-factor is calculated by dividing the number of studies that confirmed a claim by the total number of attempts to verify it.
To learn how we evaluated these claims please click here
How can you access the R-factors?
The R-factors will be openly and freely available from the R-factor Resource through a user-friendly interface, the Linker, which we are developing:
How would the R-factor help to solve the credibility crisis?
Currently, the more papers a scientist publishes, the better the scientist is doing
The R-factor will offset this perverse incentive by linking the funding and reputation of scientists to the veracity of their claims
How are we going to calculate the R-factors for all those tens or hundreds of thousands of studies?
We are developing a machine learning classifier Veracity to identify citations automatically.

Would you like to train Veracity by playing a game (yes, a game!)? 
Click here!
We invite scientists to calculate the R-factors of their favorite or disliked papers. 

Would you like to contribute? 
Click here!
Who are we?
Sean Rife, co-founder and Director of Research, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Murray State University. He holds a PhD in psychology (minor in quantitative methods) from Kent State University. Sean has developed numerous software packages related to research in the social sciences, and has recently focused his attention on the application of machine-learning algorithms to social science research. He is a strong advocate of open science, and a founding member of the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science.
Yuri Lazebnik, co-founder and CEO, has 35 years of experience in cancer research at the intersection of several disciplines. He holds a PhD in biochemistry and did his research at Johns Hopkins University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where he directed a cutting-edge research laboratory for 18 years, and Yale University. Yuri has also been advocating engineering approaches in biology and has questioned the prevalent view on what causes the malaise of biomedical research.
Josh Nicholson, co-founder and Director of Business Development, received his Ph.D. in 2015 from Virginia Tech studying how aneuploidy affects chromosome segregation in cancer cells. He founded the Winnower, an open publishing platform for researchers in 2014  to improve how research is published and is now chief research officer at Authorea, a collaborative editor for researchers to write and disseminate research reports.
Peter Grabitz, co-founder and Director of Outreach and Community Engagement, likes to rethink established structures in research. His passions revolve around access to knowledge and to medicines. He works with the Science Lab at Mozilla Foundation, where he men­tors Open Science related projects. Moreover, Peter serves as European Coordinator for Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, a stu­dents network advocating for access to medicines around the world. While finishing medical school in Germany he researches citation networks in cancer drug development and develops new ways of visualiz­ing relations between scientific publications.
Please let us know what you think!