Chalmers I, Bracken M, Djulbegovic B, et al. How to increase value and reduce waste when research priorities are set. The Lancet 2014;383(9912):156-165
This is the first article in a series of five papers published in The Lancet about "Research: increasing value, reducing waste". It is focused on the reductions in waste of resources resulting from decisions about what research to do. Four recommendations are given, i.e.: the ways to improve the yield from basic research should be investigated; the funders should inform about the transparencyof processes; investment in additional research should be preceded by systematic assessment of existing evidence; and finally, sources of information about research in progress should be strengthened and developed and used by researchers.