Point of view: Overflow in science and its implications for trust

Point of view: Overflow in science and its implications for trust

by Sabina Siebert, Laura M. Machesky, Robert H. Insall

overflow_620CLAUDIA STOCKER, VIVIDBIOLOGY.COM/ELIFE, S. SEIBERT ET AL.

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.

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