Trust and confidence in scientific research
Edited by Göran Hermerén, Kerstin Sahlin and Nils-Eric Sahlin
Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien
(KVHAA, The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities) Stockholm 2013
Trust is hard to earn and easy to lose. This is well-known. Public trust in research is decreasing – why? Is it a problem? Has ghostwriting, salami publications, misconduct and distrust something to do with this loss? Is the reason that contemporary science seems to focus more on productivity than creativity? From different perspectives the papers in this volume focuses on the ways in which factors affecting distrust and trust, including criteria of quality, are identified, measured and dealt with by universities and other institutions. But the papers do not only identify a set of problems but also discuss what is currently being done, and what could and should be done, to deal with the problems.
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