New Center Hopes to Clean Up Sloppy Science and Bogus Research

New Center Hopes to Clean Up Sloppy Science and Bogus Research 1

Brian Nosek, an associate professor of psychology at the U. of Virginia and the force behind the Center for Open Science and the Reproducibility Project: Scientists are "reinforced for publishing, not for getting it right in the current incentives."

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Brian Nosek, an associate professor of psychology at the U. of Virginia and the force behind the Center for Open Science and the Reproducibility Project: Scientists are "reinforced for publishing, not for getting it right in the current incentives."

Something is wrong with science, or at least with how science is often done. Flashy research in prestigious journals later proves to be bogus. Researchers have built careers on findings that are dubious or even turn out to be fraudulent. Much of the conversation about that trend has focused on flaws in social psychology, but the problem is not confined to a single field. If you keep up with the latest retractions and scandals, it's hard not to wonder how much research is