‘Science’ trying to teach science standards in research and publishing. Where’s the J of Forensic Sciences?

Eight Standards copy

This is basic stuff, but after a recent  publishing dust-up at Science, a group of gate-keeping science editors and their affiliates constructed a spread sheet with descriptors on how to more ‘scientifically’ vette research and articles published within their respective communities,. Some bitemark dentists ( who admit to having no data) and other latent impression and forensic comparison folks will say this doesn’t apply to their communities but that’s more a reflection of denial than anything else.

The guidelines (see Science Chart and the report at Science) have eight categories, each with three levels of  rigor that may vary according to specific subject matter. Its popularity so far……. from Science of  US.

“At the moment, 111 journals and 33 organizations, including big-name ones like Science,Psychological Science, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, have signed on to the guidelines, which means that they’ll take the next year to determine how many of those guidelines they’ll adopt, and at what levels of stringency.”

Another excerpt:

“Today the group released its guidelines via an article in (perhaps fittingly) Science, lead-authored by Bryan Nosek, a University of Virginia psychologist and research-transparency advocate, and they’re ambitious. In short, the plan …………. [is] are geared toward making research more transparent and more accurate, and toward shifting the norms of how findings are published so that sketchy results are less likely to gain prominence.”

One core objective appears to be to opening up data based articles to public scrutiny ( i.e an ‘archive’ to enhance replication studies of submissions.

If forensic science literature (scant as it is) and the judiciary pays any attention,  these principles may prevent re-occurrences of the FBI hair comparison, the bitemark comparison, and the bullet lead comparison disasters.

I don’t see the AAFS or its Journal of Forensic Sciences in the Center for Open Science list of organizational and journal signatories. Someone needs to ask Michael Peat (michael.peat@att.net), the JFS editor about joining and participating . Or the current AAFS president Victor Weedn MD JD ( vweedn@gwu.edu).

About csidds

Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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