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Cut-throat academia leads to ‘natural selection of bad science’, claims study – The Guardian (Hannah Devlin September 2016)

Published/Released on September 21, 2016 | Posted by Admin on September 23, 2016 / , , , , , ,
 


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Scientists incentivised to publish surprising results frequently in major journals, despite risk that such findings are likely to be wrong, suggests research.

Getting stuff right is normally regarded as science’s central aim. But a new analysis has raised the existential spectre that universities, laboratory chiefs and academic journals are contributing to the “natural selection of bad science”.

To thrive in the cut-throat world of academia, scientists are incentivised to publish surprising findings frequently, the study suggests – despite the risk that such findings are “most likely to be wrong”…

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