Thought for the month

“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).

Friday, 4 November 2016

Is science doomed?

Could it be damaging to equate the success of science and scientists to metrics such as the number of papers published, how many times those papers have been cited and whether the journals the papers are published in are high-impact? An interesting attempt to simulate the scientific ‘ecosystem’ along the lines of natural selection has been published. It argues that certain quantitative metrics used to measure performance could lead to unethical behaviours and loss of public trust in science.

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