The storybook image of the scientist is that of a person who embodies the virtues of objectivity, rationality, intelligence, open-mindedness, integrity, and communality. However, scientists are mere human.
Psychologist and methodologist Marcel van Assen presents evidence that questionable research practices in science are omnipresent, digs into the most common of those questionable practices and explains why they can even be considered rational for the individual. However, these practices pose a threat to the validity and generalizability of scientific findings. How can science be restructured in order to restrict questionable research practices and increase the validity of scientific findings?
Prof. dr. Marcel van Assen is Professor of Mathematical Sociology (special appointment by James Coleman Association), Department of Sociology, Utrecht University.