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Elife. 2015 Sep 14;4. doi: 10.7554/eLife.10825.

Overflow in science and its implications for trust.

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1
Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
2
CRUK Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Abstract

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.

KEYWORDS:

overflow; point of view; reproducibility; scientific conduct; trust in science

PMID:
26365552
PMCID:
PMC4563216
DOI:
10.7554/eLife.10825
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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