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segunda-feira, 3 de dezembro de 2018

Scientists denounce lack of rigor in scientific articles.

Researchers say many studies are done lightly because their managers want to 'fatten' their curriculum.

False data, not significant, mutilated or impossible to check. These are some of the flaws that undermine the credibility of recent research, according to an article in the journal Nature Human Behavior, signed by 10 scientists, mostly from US and UK universities.

From the analysis of scientific articles published in recent years, the researchers warned of the inefficiency and the loss of time of many studies, in addition to the waste of investment. In the text, scientists point out poor or obscure practices in different aspects of research: in methodology, pre-registration and publication of studies, lack of transparency in explaining how a particular result was reached and also on the sponsors of the research.

Many studies are done lightly because their managers want to 'fatten' their curriculum to go through selection processes and receive career promotions.

One of the strongest criticisms was the indication of the existence of perverse incentives that cause researchers to try to show 'spectacular' discoveries according to the editorial or professional interests of institutions or companies. Or attempts to confirm theories accepted socially or in fashion.

Among the solutions raised, the scientists suggest that all published research data have open access to the scientific community so that they can be verified, and that public incentive institutions provide incentives only for completely transparent studies regarding methodology, resources adopted and results found. And that this verification is done not anonymously, by some external body.

Another point of attention highlighted in the text was the fact that many studies are done lightly because their managers want to 'fatten' their curriculum to go through selection processes and receive career promotions. This causes many researchers to 'agree' and subscribe to each other's publications for more academic output. This would compromise the seriousness and credibility of the disclosed data.

Source: Gazeta do Povo.

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