We need to improve the trust in science and scientists. Steven Hill has a recipe for how.
A series of posts on Testing hypotheses…. lists 7 things that would improve trust in science and scientists. This list strikes me as containing all the essentials, and if I may, I’d like to propose that this list becomes the Scientific Communications Manifesto. Below you’ll find the list and links to all 7 posts. Please, go read, it’s probably some of the best few minutes ever spent (if you are a scientist, that is).
- Communicate about the process of science as well as the content
- Make research outputs available to all for free
- Publish negative results and unsuccessful experiments too
- Publish peer review comments with research outputs
- Attach a summary for non-experts to research outputs
- Make raw data available as early as possible
- Use new technology to open research conferences to all
We need to get this message out and work for acceptance for taking these measures in the scientific community. If successful, public perception of the importance of science and what science is about may get a long needed overhaul.