But Ivan Oransky, founder of the blog Retraction Watch, says data sharing isn’t enough. The incentive structure in science remains a problem, because there is too much emphasis on getting published in top journals, he said. Science is competitive, funding is hard to get, tenure harder, and so even an honest researcher may wind up stretching the data to fit a publishable conclusion.
“Everything in science is based on publishing a peer-reviewed paper in a high ranking journal. Absolutely everything,” Oransky said. “You want to get a grant, you want to get promoted, you want to get tenure. That’s how you do it. That’s the currency of the realm.”