In the main, Australia produces high-quality research that is rigorous and reproducible, and makes a significant contribution towards scientific progress. But that doesn’t mean we can’t do it better. In the case of the research sector here and abroad, we need to acknowledge that as good as the research system is, there is a problem. There are a significant number of papers that are of poor quality, and should never have made it through to publication. In considering why this might be the case, I have found myself reflecting on the role of incentives in the research system.
Source: ‘There is a problem’: Australia’s top scientist Alan Finkel pushes to eradicate bad science