The Academy is Broken Stories

Lack of reproducibility and transparency

* The majority of research results cannot be reproduced due to lack of underlying data, process instructions and context information.


* Adequate contextual information is often missing, making it difficult to determine whether a piece of research is credible and can be built upon.


* Evaluation by peer review has a mighty filtering function but is often untransparent and potentially biased.


* There has been a rise in retractions as a result of flawed practices, as well as (un)conscious wrongdoing.




Deficits of the Current Scholarly Communication System:


Kraker, P., Dörler, D., Ferus, A., Gutounig, R., Heigl, F., Kaier, C., … Wandl-Vogt, E. (2016, June 15). The Vienna Principles: A Vision for Scholarly Communication in the 21st Century. Zenodo.


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Idea No. 52