Thought for the month
“You cannot have freedom without a rule of law ... and if you don't have it, what you tend to get is corruption and that is death to freedom, it's death to truth, it's death to honour, it's death to democracy.”
Margaret Thatcher, 1 October 1996.
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.