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[Editorial] Missing evidence

The UK Government fails to monitor and appropriately report independent research commissioned to inform policy, according to a report published on June 22 by Sense about Science, a charitable trust that aims to make sense of scientific claims in public discussion. The UK Government spends £2·5 billion each year on research, but only four out of 24 government departments maintain a database of commissioned research, leading to fears of “ghost” research that is created and paid for, but unrecorded, unpublished, and therefore unfindable and uninformative.