A great PNAS open access paper about the scourge of misinformation in and about science.
Humans learn about the world by collectively acquiring information, filtering it, and sharing what we know. Misinformation undermines this process. The repercussions are extensive. Without reliable and accurate sources of information, we cannot hope to halt climate change, make reasoned democratic decisions, or control a global pandemic. Most analyses of misinformation focus on popular and social media, but the scientific enterprise faces a parallel set of problems—from hype and hyperbole to publication bias and citation misdirection, predatory publishing, and filter bubbles. In this perspective, we highlight these parallels and discuss future research directions and interventions.
misinformation, disinformation, fake news, data reasoning, science communication
West, JD. & Begstrom, CT. (2021) Misinformation in and about science. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Apr 2021, 118 (15) e1912444117; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1912444117