Scientists Need to Be Kinder to One Another

Scientists Need to Be Kinder to One Another

One unanticipated consequence of the current pandemic is that many scientists are cutting one another some slack. The answers to these questions rest heavily on the peer-review process and, more specifically, on the critical processes of vetting scientific claims that peer review entails. Individual scientists do commit fraud and engage in sloppy and stupid practices, but peer review lets others point such problems out. Think of it as tough love: scientists take the time to review colleagues' work because they are committed to the production of reliable knowledge. But if we are on the receiving end, we need to dig deep and accept it, even (or especially) if it hurts.

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