Maintaining confidence in the reporting of scientific outputs

Sarabipour, Sarvenaz, Wissink, Erin M ORCID: 0000-0003-1054-4899, Burgess, Steven J ORCID: 0000-0003-2353-7794, Hensel, Zach ORCID: 0000-0002-4348-6229, Debat, Humberto ORCID: 0000-0003-3056-3739, Emmott, Edward ORCID: 0000-0002-3239-8178, Akay, Alper ORCID: 0000-0001-6825-4443, Akdemir, Kadir and Schwessinger, Benjamin
(2018) Maintaining confidence in the reporting of scientific outputs.

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<jats:p>The timely and accurate dissemination of scientific discoveries is of utmost importance so that scientific knowledge can be advanced and applied to benefit the public. Scientists communicate amongst themselves at conferences, via journal articles, and, increasingly in the life sciences, in preprint manuscripts which have not been subject to peer review. Journalists translate new research into a language the public can understand, relying on both work presented in scientific forums and interviews with experts. Critically, scientists and journalists both share the ethical principle that publications should be rigorously sourced and fact-checked, with errors subject to publicized corrections. Here we respond to concerns raised about the impact of reporting on results that have not passed through peer review, calling for improved dialogue between scientists and journalists to maintain public trust in research and arguing that imposing limits is against the public interest.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 8.3 Policy, ethics, and research governance, 8 Health and social care services research, Generic health relevance
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Systems, Molecular and Integrative Biology
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2023 07:28
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2024 16:20
DOI: 10.7287/peerj.preprints.27098
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