Monday, 7 October 2019

How to switch from ‘bad science’ to ‘good science’ (article)



There are many excellent science studies based on well-designed experiments and which make reasoned claims based on the assembled experimental data. While the majority of scientific findings and papers issued each year offer valid findings and make a contribution to the body of knowledge, there are, unfortunately, many cases of ‘bad science’ out there.

Another concern is that outcomes from science papers are sometimes misinterpreted or they are overly exaggerated by the media. This is perhaps reflective of society increasingly seeking quick answers. The reality of science is that progress is invariably slow, based on incremental findings, and occasional contradictions.

Tim Sandle has written an article looking at bad science, good science together with some tips for writing an effective science article.


This article examines what makes for bad science and how bad science occurs, and then contrasts this with some examples of good science. The article also provides advice on what makes for a good science paper and for those wishing to try their hand at writing a science article, advice as to how to approach this is provided.

The reference is:

Sandle, T. (2019) How to switch ‘bad science’ for ‘good science’? (and what makes for a good science paper and how to approach writing a science article), The Journal (Institute of Science and Technology), Summer 2019, pp14-20

To view a copy, see: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/334598499_How_to_switch_'bad_science'_for_'good_science'

Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle, Pharmaceutical Microbiology

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