The need for a formalised system of Quality Control for environmental policy-science.

  title={The need for a formalised system of Quality Control for environmental policy-science.},
  author={Piers Larcombe and Peter V. Ridd},
  journal={Marine pollution bulletin},
Research science used to inform public policy decisions, herein defined as "Policy-Science", is rarely subjected to rigorous checking, testing and replication. Studies of biomedical and other sciences indicate that a considerable fraction of published peer-reviewed scientific literature, perhaps half, has significant flaws. To demonstrate the potential failings of the present approaches to scientific Quality Control (QC), we describe examples of science associated with perceived threats to the… Expand
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