B – Honesty in science

Couzin-Frankel J. Shaking up science. Science 25 Jan 2013;339:386-389

Ferric Fang, editor in chief of the journal Infection and Immunity, and Arturo Casadevall of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York,  and now editor in chief of the journal mBio, are an unlikely duo that disenchantment brought together almost five years ago. They take a hard look at honesty in science, that has changed in some worrying ways in recent decades, and question the ethos of their profession. This involves particularly biomedical research, which consumes a larger and larger share of government science spending. The two began publishing articles together, exploring scientists’ dependence on grants to pay their salaries and questioning proposed changes to peer review.