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The Price of TruthHow Money Affects the Norms of Science$
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David B. Resnik

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309782

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309782.001.0001

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 Money and the Norms of Science

 Money and the Norms of Science

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(p.77) Four Money and the Norms of Science
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The Price of Truth
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David B. Resnik (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309782.003.0004

This chapter considers the various ways that money can interfere with scientific norms. Problems can occur when financial interests intrude into experimental design, data analysis and interpretation, publication, peer review, and other aspects of science that should be protected from financial, political, or other biases. When this happens, financial interests affect the process of scientific research, and they can undermine objectivity, openness, honesty, and other research norms. Although it is impossible to prevent money from having any impact on research, society should take some steps to prevent financial interests from undermining scientific norms, such as developing policies for journals, granting agencies, and research institutions; educating students and scientists about potential problems and issues; and monitoring of research.

Keywords:   experimental design, data analysis, publication, biases

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