May excessive transparency damage Science? | SciELO in Perspective
"Scientific research has earned on the last decade greater transparency, credibility and openness due to wide availability and sharing of results and raw data on repositories, open discussion on social media, pre-prints, post-publication peer review, and the involvement of various sectors of society in the scientific debate. This is all very positive and healthy until use turns into abuse and researchers suffer harassment or even face lawsuits by the simple fact that their research displease corporations, groups of people or single individuals. The scientific community has promoted and encouraged research transparency to curb the lack of reproducibility and scientific misconduct. Science self-regulation allows detecting more quickly and accurately methodological flaws, fraudulent results and conflicts of interest that may affect the credibility of the discovery. However, it also opens room for disproportionate reactions motivated by simple discrepancy between results and even threats of physical and psychological violence by opposition groups, especially on controversial issues such as climate change, genetically modified organisms and vaccination, among others ..."