“True knowledge is hard won,” says Kay Dickersin, and when journals shut down or results go unreported, this knowledge is lost.
This means future studies may waste time duplicating work, patients could be harmed and the progress of science slows.
Dickersin, Epidemiology professor emerita at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, suggests 3 solutions:
- Acknowledge reproducible, well-reported research—not just grant awards and publication
- Advocate for open science
- Invest in national guidelines for organization and archiving scientific knowledge
“Sustaining the knowledge we have gained is hard,” Dickersin says. “We have to value it, preserve it and pass it down like our future depends on it. Because it does.”
Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine