Interpreting Scientific Results

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For researchers in the natural sciences who want to interpret their scientific findings with more confidence, or mentor others through the process

Subscriptions available to institutions, departments and labs

Key features

1-module course with a course certificate

5 experts in interpreting results including a Nature Portfolio journal Editor, and experienced researchers, statisticians and data scientists.

3 hours of learning

10-20-minute lessons

English language subtitles and transcripts

What you'll learn

Recognise and avoid the most common pitfalls when interpreting results

Understand the steps you can take if your results are unexpected

Learn how to address your research aims, contextualise your findings and understand how they advance your scientific field

Communicate your findings with a focus on your key message

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Insight from expert academics and professionals

This course contains insights from experts with wide-ranging experience in interpreting scientific results, including:

  • Data analysis, biostatistics and bioinformatics
  • Geophysics, ecology, physics and genetics
  • Editorial perspectives on common mistakes and good practice when interpreting results

The expert panel developed and refined the course: 

Mark Gardener

Ecologist, lecturer and author,

Bhramar Mukherjee

Professor and Chair of Biostatistics, University of Michigan

Andrea Taroni

Chief Editor, Nature Physics

Insight from researchers

The course also has additional insights through video interviews from:

C. Daniela Robles-Espinoza

Assistant Professor, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Yiming Wang

Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Accessible dip in and out format

The course contains bite-size lessons and provides an accessible, dip in and out format for busy researchers. 

Researchers can track their progress through the course and fit the lessons around their work.


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  • Up to 15 researchers
  • 12 months’ access
  • Usage reports showing researcher uptake

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Departmental subscription

  • Up to 50 researchers
  • 12 months’ access
  • Usage reports showing researcher uptake

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Institutional subscription

  • Institution-wide access
  • 12 months’ access
  • Usage reports showing researcher uptake
  • Launch presentation
  • Promotional resources

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Subscribe to support institutional objectives...

Maximise the outputs of the researchers at your institution as their results interpretation becomes more effective

Improve the reputation of your institution by ensuring the efficiency, efficacy, and reliability of your results interpretation and that your researchers know how to adequately interpret results

Support the professional and career development of your researchers while saving staff time on mentoring

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Bhramar Mukherjee
Andrea Taroni
C. Daniela Robles-Espinoza
Yiming Wang
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