Thought for the month

“There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.” Probably W.L. Sheldon, US lecturer on ethics (1858 – 1907) rather than Ernest Hemingway.

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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