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Nature’s new rules: Can scientists be honest if they don’t believe that lying is a sin?

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From the editors of Nature:

As part of a broader effort to improve reporting quality, Nature and the Nature journals introduced a reporting checklist for life-sciences papers in 2013. This asked authors to reveal some key details of experimental design. Last year, this checklist evolved into a broader reporting-summary document that is published alongside manuscripts to promote greater transparency.

We have now developed two new versions of the reporting summary: one for the behavioural and social sciences, launching this week, and one for ecology, evolution and environment (EEE) research, to follow later this month. Authors will be prompted to use these documents to provide important details of study design, data collection and analysis before papers are sent out for review. More.

Is there a human system that other humans cannot break? Isn’t that why we need morality, not just more rules?

See also: Peer review 9-11: China leads the world in biomedical fraud./ But maybe that’s just because China is bigger than most Western nations. The underlying problem is probably philosophical.

and

Peer review “unscientific”: Tough words from editor of Nature

3 Replies to “Nature’s new rules: Can scientists be honest if they don’t believe that lying is a sin?

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    asauber says:

    Isn’t that why we need morality, not just more rules?

    I know there are some legalists reading this.

    I hope they chime in an explain why laws should be obeyed or not.

    Andrew

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    polistra says:

    Just eliminate the reasons for lying. Eliminate grants and tenure. After that, the only people doing science will be people who genuinely enjoy experimentation. Theorists will be gone.

    Theories are lies, experiments are truth.

  3. 3
    Seversky says:

    polistra @ 2

    Theories are lies, experiments are truth.

    If you don’t have theories to test then what are experiments about?

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