Enabling students to understand and analyse contemporary issues in science and technology

E The scientific community

Scientists publish and share their work and results. Findings reported by an individual scientist or research group, and their interpretations of these, are carefully checked by the scientific community before they are accepted as reliable scientific knowledge.

This process of peer review is essential both for detecting invalid claims and adding weight to valid ones. Although scientists aim to be objective, there are limits on the extent to which this can be achieved.