Knowing is half the battle, right?
This is a grim read, but it offers valuable insights into the kinds of reforms that are being considered.
As reporters covering medicine, psychology, climate change, and other areas of research, we wanted to understand this epidemic of doubt. So we sent scientists a survey asking this simple question: If you could change one thing about how science works today, what would it be and why?
We heard back from 270 scientists all over the world, including graduate students, senior professors, laboratory heads, and Fields Medalists. They told us that, in a variety of ways, their careers are being hijacked by perverse incentives. The result is bad science.
For each of the seven problems discussed, there’s an analysis of the problem as well as an overview of some potential reforms for it. The problems identified and analyzed are money, poor design, lack of replication, the peer review process, results locked away from public view in pursuit of profit, poor public communication, and stress.