Foreword by the guest editors: What is good science? Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • This special feature contains four very different articles, each dealing with a different aspect of the question of what makes good science. In the first article Ray Huey (Huey, 2011) writes about becoming a better scientist. In our quest to produce good science, the first place we need to look is within ourselves. Huey reviews different ways that can help scientists improve their research, acknowledging that the key to becoming a better scientist is often motivational. We are certain that Huey's personal insights and tips will serve to inspire young scientists such as ourselves, as well as to open the minds of more experienced researchers. In the second article, David Saltz (Saltz, 2011) writes about good science in conservation biology. Conservation biology is an applied science that is driven by crisis, and as such, it warrants a different philosophical approach than other disciplines, especially in the way …

publication date

  • January 1, 2011