Breaking: National Academy of Sciences notices research integrity problem

From William Thomas at Physics Today:

A major study on scientific integrity in the US advocates stricter policies for scientific authorship attribution, increased openness in scientific work, the reporting of negative findings, and establishment of an independent, nonprofit Research Integrity Advisory Board.

“Fostering Integrity in Research,” released 11 April by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, is an update to their landmark 1992 study, “Responsible Science: Ensuring the Integrity of the Research Process.” In the intervening 25 years, the scientific research enterprise has become larger, more globalized, and increasingly driven by information technology, which has led to major changes in how the integrity of research can be eroded or protected. More.

Unfortunately, I (O’Leary for News) have been covering these “sweeping reviews” for probably fifteen years. Mostly, they amount to clucking noises followed by sweeping the problems under the carpet when all is quiet.

The kinds of conversations people would need to have, in order to make a real difference, are conversations few are ready for.

The rest of us will just have to protect ourselves, especially from health-related flimflam. Fortunately, the internet makes it easier than ever before to find out what is going on.

Also, keep up to date with Retraction Watch

See also: Marchin’, marchin’ for Science (Hint: the problems are back at your desk, not out in the streets)


Maybe we should all “hate” science? Should a new science prize be awarded for wake-the-dead shouting?