maandag 2 oktober 2006

Science finally innovates

I've had numerous discussions with scientists on the way scientific research results are being valued and published. Initiatives to change centuries old traditions have been around for a while, and things now appear to be moving slowly. Strange however that it is taking so long, especially given the fact that the internet originated in the scientific community...

"Democratizing the peer-review process raises sticky questions. Not all studies are useful and flooding the web with essentially unfiltered research could create a deluge of junk science. There's also the potential for online abuse as rogue researchers could unfairly ridicule a rival's work. Supporters point out that rushing research to the public could accelerate scientific discovery, while online critiques may help detect mistakes or fraud more quickly."

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