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dc.contributor.authorTorrissen, Oleeng
dc.contributor.authorGlover, Kevineng
dc.contributor.authorHaug, toreeng
dc.contributor.authorMisund, Ole Arveeng
dc.contributor.authorSkaug, Hans J.eng
dc.contributor.authorKaiser, Matthiaseng
dc.description.abstractPeer-reviewed journals are the cornerstones to communicating scientific results. They play a crucial role in quality assurance through the review process, but they also create opportunities for discussions in the scientific community on the implications of the results or validation of methods and data. This requires that journals adhere to commonly accepted scientific standards and are open about their editorial policy. Norwegian scientists experience problems in getting research on minke whales accepted for publication where the data have been collected in association with commercial whaling. The journal Biology Letters refuses to publish papers based on data from the Norwegian whale register while publically claiming a sole focus on scientific quality. Although there are good arguments for claiming that clearly unethical research should not be rewarded with scientific publications, one also has to realize that some fields of research are beset with unresolved ethical and cultural debates. In these cases, it is to the benefit of the progress of science, and indeed society, to be open about the issues and support arguments through scientific studies. Political or cultural censoring of scientific information will in any case jeopardize the role of journals in quality assurance of scientific research and undermine the credibility of science as a supplier of objective and reliable knowledge.en_US
dc.rightsAttribution CC BY-NCeng
dc.subjectethics in scienceeng
dc.subjectlethal samplingeng
dc.subjectpublication policyeng
dc.subjectwhale researcheng
dc.titleGood ethics or political and cultural censoring in science?en_US
dc.typePeer reviewed
dc.typeJournal article
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2012 International Council for the Exploration of the Seaen_US
dc.source.journalICES Journal of Marine Science
dc.subject.nsiVDP::Humaniora: 000::Filosofiske fag: 160::Etikk: 164
dc.subject.nsiVDP::Humanities: 000::Philosophy: 160::Ethics: 164

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