Science sharpens rules for publication

04.12.2006
All articles presenting sensational results will in the future be scrutinised more thoroughly than usual before being printed in the journal Science.
The background for this desicion is the two articles published in Science by the researcher Hwang, later to be revealed for scientific fraud. An investigation committee concluded that Science had not violated their own rutines, but that these were not adjusted to today‘s situation. Trust has been at the base of the publications in Science, and the editors have taken it for granted that articles are based on honest and real science. There is room for improvement, the investigation committee concludes, with reference to the status that researchers obtain if they are accepted by Science.

Science are already working on rutines and criteria for the assessment of risk in their articles.
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