The natural selection of bad science

  title={The natural selection of bad science},
  author={Paul E. Smaldino and Richard Mcelreath},
  journal={Royal Society Open Science},
Poor research design and data analysis encourage false-positive findings. Such poor methods persist despite perennial calls for improvement, suggesting that they result from something more than just misunderstanding. The persistence of poor methods results partly from incentives that favour them, leading to the natural selection of bad science. This dynamic requires no conscious strategizing—no deliberate cheating nor loafing—by scientists, only that publication is a principal factor for career… 

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