Reforming science: Methodological and cultural reforms

Arturo Casadevall, Ferric C. Fang

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Abstract

Contemporary science has brought about technological advances and an unprecedented understanding of the natural world. However, there are signs of dysfunction in the scientific community as well as threats from diverse antiscience and political forces. Incentives in the current system place scientists under tremendous stress, discourage cooperation, encourage poor scientific practices, and deter new talent from entering the field. It is time for a discussion of how the scientific enterprise can be reformed to become more effective and robust. Serious reform will require more consistent methodological rigor and a transformation of the current hypercompetitive scientific culture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)891-896
Number of pages6
JournalInfection and immunity
Volume80
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases

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