Thought for the month
“A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.” Ovid, Roman Poet (43 BC – 17 AD).
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.