If everything is ‘robust’ and ‘novel’, then there is no distinction.

December 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

If everything is ‘robust’ and ‘novel’, then there is no distinction. In that case, words used to describe scientific results are no longer driven by the content but rather by marketability. We think this changing attitude/culture is problematic for the credibility of science. We did not measure real scientific progress (it is even debatable whether this is possible), but it seems unlikely that the 900% increase in positive words is realistic and reflects true progress in science. Experiments fail and have failed regularly and results are not always clear (but you still have to write them down). If the language increasingly diverges from the actual results, quid est veritas?

 

http://retractionwatch.com/2015/12/15/robust-novel-and-other-positive-terms-up-nearly-9-fold-in-abstracts-since-1974/

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