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The Overproduction of Truth: Passion, Competition, and Integrity in Modern Science

Gianfranco Pacchioni


The way science is done has changed radically in the last years. The personal reflections and experiences of a protagonist help us to understand the mechanisms of contemporary science. A system where passion, dedication and reliability, have increasingly less room, pressed by hard market laws. From vocation of a few, science has become the profession of many, possibly too many. With consequences and risks, such as the increase of frauds, plagiarism, but in particular with a huge amount of scientific publications, often of little relevance. The solution? A slow approach with more emphasis to qu ... More

Keywords: Scientific publications, bibliometric indexes, scientific integrity, publishers maket, how many scientists, scientific integrity, science and society, scientific fraud, irreproducible results, post-doc, PhD students, academic career

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198799887
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198799887.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gianfranco Pacchioni, author
Professor of Materials Chemistry, vice Rector for Research, University of Milano Bicocca