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Can Scientists Be Taught To Share? July 25, 2007

Posted by tkcollier in Science & Technology.
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Will John Wilbanks Launch the Next Scientific Revolution? – Popular Science

Right now, it’s still in scientists’ interest to follow the classical model of one scientist working alone. In today’s system, you don’t get rewarded for sharing—no one gets tenure for choosing to publish preprints of their papers in molecular biology, or for spending weeks making cells for other labs to do research. And you sometimes get ahead by deliberately withholding. If you think you can squeeze more papers out of your data, you might not share it even if it takes years for someone else to replicate the research you’ve written about. Thanks to John Brittain  for this article on how to drag Science into the 21st century.

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