Dear A.M. Costa Rica:
With your two articles Monday pointing out the human frailty factor in evaluating scientific research, one might conclude that there are cracks forming in your previous stance which appeared to be, that if research is published, it must be gospel.
With powerful trade guilds that exist to safeguard the interests of their members, that hold sway over many of the journals that publish, there are systemic problems inherent in the traditional way of evaluating research.
Indeed your editorials touch upon the obstacles to the truth, that traditional means of vetting of research pose on researchers.
With the private sector now more than ever providing much of the funding for research — the same interests who control the various trade groups, and guilds who own/control publishing houses — this system is coming apart at the seams.
In these times of rapid growth in discovery, the Internet itself provides a direct means for by-passing the ¨middle man.¨ One need only know where to look and what to look for. In essence, we are all being forced to become ¨scientists.¨
Hari Singh Khalsa