Seed Meeting - NanoBubble: scientific controversies in nanoscience in the age of fake news, social media and post-publication peer review
The seed meeting "NanoBubble: scientific controversies in nanoscience in the age of fake news, social media and post-publication peer review" emerged from perplexity at the current state of the bionanoscience scientific literature and at the responses from the scientific community and institutional actors to controversies in that field.
The meeting was organised to address collectively a series of questions from different disciplinary perspectives in a transnational context. The aim of the researchers is to understand:
- How ground-breaking interdisciplinary research can sometimes result in confusion;
- Why it is so difficult to correct the scientific record;
- How social media and post-publication peer review change the emergence and development of scientific controversies.
To answer those questions, the seed meeting brought together nanoscientists (Raphaël Lévy, Mathias Brust, Mattias Björnmalm, UK), practitioners of post-publications peer review (the co-founders of PubPeer, Brandon Stell and Boris Barbour), historians and sociologists (Cyrus Mody and Sally Wyatt, Netherlands; Solmaz Filiz Karabag, Sweden; Marianne Noël, Emmanuel Didier, France), a philosopher (Yasemin Erden, UK) and a scientific journal editor (Peter Rodgers, eLife Feature Editor).
The question of how to correct the scientific record is important and has implications on society’s trust in science and on the development of robust science and innovation.
In the conclusion of the meeting, researchers argued that production of knowledge is essential and agreed to continue to work together through a series of follow up meetings.