Daniele Fanelli

London School of Economics, UK

Is science facing a crisis or an opportunity

Annual meeting: 2019

Fields-Topics: T1 Integrity,T7 Publication

Type of talk: Training session

Is science facing a crisis or an opportunity


Daniele Fanelli is a fellow in Quantitative Methodology at the London School of Economics (LSE), UK, where he teaches research methods and investigates the nature of science and possible issues with scientific evidence. He graduated in Natural Sciences and obtained a PhD studying the behaviour and genetics of social wasps, and subsequently worked for two years as a science writer. His postdoctoral work has been devoted to studying the nature of science itself, and the mis-behaviours of scientists. His empirical research has been instrumental in quantifying the prevalence and causes of problems that may affect research. In addition to his scientific work, Daniele
co-chairs the Research Integrity Sub-Committee within the Research Ethics & Bioethics Advisory Committee of Italy’s NRC. He is also a member of the Research Integrity Committee of the Luxembourg Agency for Research Integrity, was formerly a member of Canada’s Tri-Council Expert Panel on Research integrity, and is currently rapporteur for a
European Mutual Learning Exercise on Research Integrity. Before joining the LSE, Daniele worked at the Univ. of Edinburgh, at the Univ. of Montreal, and in the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford University (METRICS).


Is science facing a crisis or an opportunity

Recent concerns about research integrity and initiatives about transparency and open science are often connected to the belief that science is in crisis. Misconduct, bias and sloppy science are said to be on the rise, due to pressures to publish and misused bibliometric performance parameters. However, recent meta-research results suggest that this “crisis” narrative is largely incorrect. I will argue that modern science is more accurately described as facing a methodological revolution, which opens new opportunities and brings new challenges. Open science and research integrity are some of the means to address the challenges and reap the opportunities.

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