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British scientists exclude 'maverick' colleagues, says report

as the dangerous result of a gradual positioning of disenchanted scientists who ended up attacking a community to which they no longer belonged.

  • British scientists felt it was crucial to avoid giving scientific legitimacy to scientists that they described as 'mavericks' and that their distancing from the scientific community was therefore necessary. Swedish scientists thought that ousting of dissenting scientists only served to exacerbate problems.

  • With the exception of university research, mechanisms for control of outgoing material tended to be more elaborate and more strictly followed in Britain, than in Sweden. British scientists also felt that a breach of procedures would have graver consequences, than did their Swedish peers.

  • British scientists viewed surveying of outgoing material and communication of research as safety mechanisms in place for their own protection, whereas Swedish interviewees to perceive such procedures as a sign of increasing bureaucracy. British scientists felt a greater need for claims to be 'watertight', imagining a potentially hostile response.


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  • Contact: Dr Lena Eriksson
    ErikssonL@cardiff.ac.uk
    773-314-3312
    Cardiff University
    16-Aug-2004


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