August 22, 2008
Young Scientists Posting Data Online
Young scientists are increasingly breaking with tradition by posting raw scientific data online, the Boston Globe reported.
The newspaper said the open-science movement is considered a "brazen, potentially self-destructive move" to many in the scientific community. Traditionally, research is not released publicly until it is published in peer-reviewed research journals.
"Open-science" advocates say open forums could offer the ultimate form of peer review. Critics, however, say traditional methods ensure that bad research doesn't receive wide dissemination.