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Book: Research Ethics, Manuscript Review, and Journal Quality
Published by: American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America

 

This chapter in RESEARCH ETHICS, MANUSCRIPT REVIEW, AND JOURNAL QUALITY

  1.  p. 15-23
     
    Research Ethics, Manuscript Review, and Journal Quality

    H.F. Mayland and R.E. Sojka (ed.)

    ISBN: 978-0-89118-259-7

     
    Published: 1992


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doi:10.2134/1992.researchethics.c2

Dissemination of Scientific Information Obtained by Government Scientists

  1. H. G. Wilshire
  1. U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California

Abstract

Release of some scientific information gained by Federal government scientists, both through official channels and through private citizen participation in public affairs, has been subject to political controls. Such control is exercised by delay in release and censorship of reports, and by intimidation of scientists and interference with their constitutional rights. Specific case histories are cited here that illustrate these forms of suppression. Conflict of interest regulations governing Federal scientists may also have a chilling effect on participation of employees in public affairs. Currently, there is little recourse for these scientists because of the power of the bureaucracy. Consequently, a mechanism is needed through which scientific data collected at taxpayer expense can be more effectively brought to bear in the public debate about politically sensitive issues.

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