In this controversial opinion piece, German science expert Stefan Hornbostel argues that some transparency is good for science - but too much can backfire, reducing the efficiency and quality of research and eroding public trust.
Hidden Conflicts? Pharma Payments to FDA Advisers After Drug Approvals Spark Ethical Concerns
In examining compensation records from drug companies to physicians who advised FDA, Science found widespread after-the-fact payments or research support to panel members. The agency's safeguards against potential conflicts of interest are not designed to prevent such future financial ties.
Funders Need to Take More Responsibility for the Efficiency of the Research They Fund
A new study has found that funding agencies are not as open as they could be about what they are doing to prevent this waste and that governments responsible for the public money they distribute are not holding them to account.
Science self-regulation allows detecting more quickly and accurately methodological flaws, fraudulent results and conflicts of interest that may affect the credibility of the discovery. However, it also opens room for disproportionate reactions.
The transformative nature of transparency in research funding
A survey of policies at major research funders found that there is room for more transparency in the process of grant review, which would strengthen the case for the efficiency of public spending on research.
Kein Wissenschaftler sieht sich gern als bestechlich an. Doch Manipulation und Einflussnahme laufen sehr subtil ab, erklärt Professor Thomas Kliche in der "duz". Der Trick: Auch Korruption kann zu Beginn noch ganz moralisch wirken.