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You're No Scientist, but You Can Revamp Your Standards

April 13, 2017

According to Richard Harris’s recent NPR article entitled “Top Scientists Revamp Standards To Foster Integrity In Research” top scientists are taking a closer look at their research standards after sticking to the same methods for over two decades.

“It's been 25 years since the National Academy of Sciences set its standards for appropriate scientific conduct, and the world of science has changed dramatically in that time. So now the academies of science, engineering, and medicine have updated their standards,” explains Harris.

The NPR article continues that “the report published Tuesday, ‘Fostering Integrity in Research,’ shines a spotlight on how the research enterprise as a whole creates incentives that can be detrimental to good research.”

We can see how incentives for new discoveries might bring integrity into question.

Integrity is important, and you should always focus on ensuring integrity in your operation. But, that’s not what we found most critical in Harris’s article.

Only minor updates have been made since the introduction of the standards in 1992 – and that’s what was expected to occur this year.

"We hadn't had more than a couple of meetings when we realized this wasn't a question of updating, this was a question of taking a brand new look and a very different look," shares Robert Nerem, a professor emeritus of bioengineering at Georgia Tech.

This caught our attention. Do you know why?

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