Capture12 How Bad Science is Naturally Selected

Call it a crisis. Researchers are finding it harder to replicate each other’s findings, while the rate of retractions of published studies is rapidly rising. But why is this happening?

It’s difficult to determine to what extent the retraction trend is caused by more studies reporting false findings, and how much is down to the fact false findings are now more likely to be identified. Some speculate that the internet has made it far easier for scientists to scrutinise each other’s work, and plagiarism can now be detected automatically.

However, new research supports the idea that, in fact, we are encouraging poor scientific practices by accident….

Read the rest of this article at New Scientist – the home of Brain Scanner, my weekly column. Image: Giuseppe Donatiello

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