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Shaking Up Science

Science  25 Jan 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6118, pp. 386-389
DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6118.386

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Summary

Ferric Fang and Arturo Casadevall are an unlikely duo that disenchantment brought together. The two had nagging worries about an unwelcome transformation in academic science: Discovery for its own sake was being sidelined by a push to publish in high-impact journals and funding was scarcer than ever. The two quickly began publishing editorials together, exploring scientists' dependence on grants to pay their salaries and questioning proposed changes to peer review. They hope to fill the void of information, asking if prizes are helpful or harmful to science, what's the optimal size of a lab, and how common is research misconduct?