“It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.” Edmund Burke, politician (1729 – 97).
Monday, 7 March 2016
Open debate, transparency and scientific scrutiny are considered good things but can it descend into harassment? A recent paper in Nature has looked at areas that can help to differentiate healthy debate, problematic research practices and campaigns that masquerade as scientific inquiry. The authors claim that measures that aim to improve science such as shared data, post-publication peer review and public engagement on social media, can sometimes be turned against scientists.