Dr. Serge P.J.M. Horbach works as a postdoctoral fellow in Science and Technology Studies at the Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy, Aarhus University. Being trained as a mathematician, he currently works in STS and Sociology of Science. His main research interests include scholarly communication, research evaluation and science´s quality assurance mechanisms, with a particular focus on research integrity and journal peer review. His latest work resolves around research evaluation, open science, public trust in science, and the impact of the Covid pandemic on science and its quality control mechanisms.
Talk: 'What can we actually expect?' Journals’ role in maintaining research integrity
Academic journals play a central role in the dissemination of research findings. Consequently, many expect journals to take an important role in contributing to and asserting the appropriateness of the published record. Some even expect the academic literature to only contain ‘verified facts’.. But how realistic is this expectation, and what consequences does it have? What tools and processes do journals have at their disposal to ascertain the validity of their articles? And what is the influence of novel publishing (e.g. preprint servers) and review (e.g. post-publication peer review) practices? In this talk I will discuss and unpack journals’ commitment to scientific integrity and validity