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Planet Earth

Dysfunctional science: My story in tomorrow's New York Times

The LoomBy Carl ZimmerApril 17, 2012 12:34 AM

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In tomorrow's New York Times, I've got a long story about a growing sense among scientists that science itself is getting dysfunctional. For them, the clearest sign of this dysfunction is the growing rate of retractions of scientific papers, either due to errors or due to misconduct. But retractions represent just the most obvious symptom of deep institutional problems with how science is done these days--how projects get funded, how scientists find jobs, and how they keep labs up and running. Along with the main story, I also wrote a sidebar about how hard it is to hear from the scientists who write retracted papers. I also spoke on the latest Timescast video, which I've embedded below. I show up with Arturo Casadevall at about 4:30. There are also lots of links in my story to the original papers. And if you don't already read it, be sure to check out the blog Retraction Watch, which has been digging deep into the retraction story for years now.

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