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Rolf-Dieter Heuer: Are scientists getting it wrong?

Science is becoming more self-critical

By Rolf-Dieter Heuer   December 2013

One week in October a rather alarming issue of the Economist was brought to my door, bearing the headline: “How science goes wrong.” The accompanying leader article made a rather compelling case for reform in the way that science is done. What the article failed to point out, however, is that reform is already well underway.

The Economist’s basic arguments are that science has become complacent, and is no longer self-correcting. People are publishing in a hurry, and the peer review process is no longer fit for purpose. The…

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