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Innovation pressure backfiring, researchers say

The pressure on scientists doing basic research to produce innovative results is undermining researchers’ credibility, according to two prominent scientists.

French mathematician Martin Andler is co-vice president of Euroscience. He said there is tension between the need for researchers to do basic research and the requirement for their work to be innovative. He is concerned that researchers are forced to claim their work will have a big effect when often that is not true. “It’s wrong to force people to lie,” he said, adding that the issue is one of research integrity.

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