Questionable research practices are not fraud, and they’re not cause for panic. But they do give us some hints about how we can make science more robust.
Partly in response to the so-called ‘reproducibility crisis’ in science, researchers are embracing a set of practices that aim to make the whole endeavor more transparent, more reliable – and better.
There is a very real risk that South Africa’s major research projects will stumble and the whole research machine will be shut down by ongoing student protests.
Africa needs to develop a new generation of academics to drive the continent’s teaching, learning, research and critical thinking into the future.
One of the by-products of field projects working in the same area over a prolonged period of time is the realisation that the team makes an enduring contribution to the local community.