Articles | Volume 18, issue 5
Ideas and perspectives
15 Mar 2021
Ideas and perspectives |  | 15 Mar 2021

Ideas and perspectives: When ocean acidification experiments are not the same, repeatability is not tested

Phillip Williamson, Hans-Otto Pörtner, Steve Widdicombe, and Jean-Pierre Gattuso


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (27 Jan 2021) by Tyler Cyronak
AR by Phillip Williamson on behalf of the Authors (31 Jan 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes
ED: Publish as is (08 Feb 2021) by Tyler Cyronak
Short summary
The reliability of ocean acidification research was challenged in early 2020 when a high-profile paper failed to corroborate previously observed impacts of high CO2 on the behaviour of coral reef fish. We now know the reason why: the replicated studies differed in many ways. Open-minded and collaborative assessment of all research results, both negative and positive, remains the best way to develop process-based understanding of the impacts of ocean acidification on marine organisms.
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