Standards in semen examination: publishing reproducible and reliable data based on high-quality methodology

Lars Björndahl*, Christopher L R Barratt, David Mortimer, Ashok Agarwal, Robert J Aitken, Juan G Alvarez, Natalie Aneck-Hahn, Stefan Arver, Elisabetta Baldi, Lluís Bassas, Florence Boitrelle, Riana Bornman, Douglas T Carrell, José A Castilla, Gerardo Cerezo Parra, Jerome H Check, Patricia S Cuasnicu, Sally Perreault Darney, Christiaan de Jager, Christopher J De JongeJoël R Drevet, Erma Z Drobnis, Stefan S Du Plessis, Michael L Eisenberg, Sandro C Esteves, Evangelini A Evgeni, Alberto Ferlin, Nicolas Garrido, Aleksander Giwercman, Ilse G F Goovaerts, Trine B Haugen, Ralf Henkel, Lars Henningsohn, Marie-Claude Hofmann, James M Hotaling, Piotr Jedrzejczak, Pierre Jouannet, Niels Jørgensen, Jackson C Kirkman Brown, Csilla Krausz, Maciej Kurpisz, Ulrik Kvist, Dolores J Lamb, Hagai Levine, Kate L Loveland, Robert I McLachlan, Ali Mahran, Liana Maree, Sarah Martins da Silva, Michael T Mbizvo, Andreas Meinhardt, Roelof Menkveld, Sharon T Mortimer, Sergey Moskovtsev, Charles H Muller, Maria José Munuce, Monica Muratori, Craig Niederberger, Cristian O'Flaherty, Rafael Oliva, Willem Ombelet, Allan A Pacey, Michael A Palladino, Ranjith Ramasamy, Liliana Ramos, Nathalie Rives, Eduardo Rs Roldan, Susan Rothmann, Denny Sakkas, Andrea Salonia, Maria Cristina Sánchez-Pozo, Rosanna Sapiro, Stefan Schlatt, Peter N Schlegel, Hans-Christian Schuppe, Rupin Shah, Niels E Skakkebæk, Katja Teerds, Igor Toskin, Herman Tournaye, Paul J Turek, Gerhard van der Horst, Monica Vazquez-Levin, Christina Wang, Alex Wetzels, Theodosia Zeginiadou, Armand Zini

*Corresponding author for this work

Abstract

Biomedical science is rapidly developing in terms of more transparency, openness and reproducibility of scientific publications. This is even more important for all studies that are based on results from basic semen examination. Recently two concordant documents have been published: the 6th edition of the WHO Laboratory Manual for the Examination and Processing of Human Semen, and the International Standard ISO 23162:2021. With these tools, we propose that authors should be instructed to follow these laboratory methods in order to publish studies in peer-reviewed journals, preferable by using a checklist as suggested in an Appendix to this article.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHuman reproduction (Oxford, England)
Volume37
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)2497-2502
Number of pages6
ISSN0268-1161
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2022

Keywords

  • Humans
  • Peer Review
  • Publishing
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Semen
  • Semen Analysis/methods
  • quality control
  • reproducibility
  • standardized laboratory procedures
  • science development
  • basic semen examination
  • patient security
  • journal requirements
  • laboratory training
  • reproductive medicine
  • andrology

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