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February 19, 2013 at 06:00 AM EST
Canadian Center of Science and Education Considers the Relationship between Research and Communication
Canadian Center of Science and Education explains why retraction and other communication concerns are becoming increasingly problematic.

TORONTO, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Guardian has recently spotlighted three individual problems that have arisen in the arena of communications: retraction, a decreased ability to replicate study efforts, and an inability to measure the quality of content that journals are publishing. A representative from the Canadian Center of Science and Education responds to the article by explaining the growing issue of retraction and how the organization is working to fight this and other communication issues that are prevalent in the scholarly publishing and research industries.

According to the article, the challenges that face today's communication system within the scientific sphere are extremely threatening to the ability of researchers to conduct accurate, valuable studies: "Traditional scientific communication directly threatens the quality of scientific research. Today's system is unreliable—or worse. Scholarly publishing regularly gives the highest status to research that is most likely to be wrong. This system determines the trajectory of a scientific career and the longer we stick with it, the more likely it will deteriorate."

The author of the article goes on: "We have a system for communicating results in which the need for retraction is exploding, the replicability of research is diminishing, and the most standard measure of journal quality is becoming a farce."

While this assertion may seem to be a bit of an overstatement, there are some individuals working within the area of scholarly publishing who recognize these issues and are striving to address them before they become any more problematic.  

"Retraction is becoming a serious issue in scientific journal publishing," a representative of the Canadian Center of Science and Education states. "We have taken multiple actions to treat this issue seriously, including the adoption of CrossCheck, which is powered by iThenticate, to detect plagiarism and prevent questionable articles from completing the publishing process; however, the software cannot identify or prevent all types of academic dishonesty."

The Canadian Center of Science and Education encourages research and rewards honest investigators with a wide range of financial support and other resources, which are meant to improve and promote scientific progress and, in so doing, enhance the population's understanding of the world and the many subject areas that it contains.

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The Canadian Center of Science and Education is an organization that aims to encourage a positive learning and research environment by providing funding to research initiatives in a wide range of fields. Furthermore, the Canadian Center of Science and Education releases a diverse catalogue of scholarly publications, and as such facilitates the distribution of information between professionals and scholars in numerous subject areas. This additionally allows the organization to improve the information that researchers have to reference when engaging in their studies. The Canadian Center of Science and Education highly values scientific integrity, academic excellence, and respect and equity in the workplace and is devoted to encouraging the research projects and other initiatives that uphold these values.

Media Contact: Dale Brenner, Mark-PR.com, (678) 685-8304, mark@mark-pr.com

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SOURCE Canadian Center of Science and Education

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