Overflow in science and its implications for trust

Siebert, S. , Machesky, L. M. and Insall, R. H. (2015) Overflow in science and its implications for trust. eLife, 4, e10825. (doi: 10.7554/eLife.10825)

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To explore increasing concerns about scientific misconduct and data irreproducibility in some areas of science, we interviewed a number of senior biomedical researchers. These interviews revealed a perceived decline in trust in the scientific enterprise, in large part because the quantity of new data exceeds the field's ability to process it appropriately. This phenomenon—which is termed ‘overflow’ in social science—has important implications for the integrity of modern biomedical science.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Machesky, Professor Laura and Insall, Professor Robert and Siebert, Professor Sabina
Authors: Siebert, S., Machesky, L. M., and Insall, R. H.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cancer Sciences
College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:eLife
Publisher:eLife Sciences Publications
ISSN (Online):2050-084X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in eLife 4:e10825
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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