B – Scientific Publishing Standards

Alberts B. Scientific Publishing Standards Science 2008(321)5894: 1271

DOI: 10.1126/science.1165268


An editorial by the editor in chief of Science, reporting how scientists have the absolute obligation to honesty and commenting on the necessity to guarantee clear, truthful presentations of data, results, and methods which are essential for enabling the findings of one scientist to be confirmed, refuted, or extended in new ways by other scientists. “Authors, reviewers, and editors of scientific manuscripts should therefore constantly ask themselves whether the reader has been provided with everything needed to both understand and reproduce the results”.
Journals should set a higher bar for the clarity of presentation in the manuscripts that we publish. The final comment is that “As scientists and as journal publishers, we can and we must do better…”