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The future(s) of open science

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The future(s) of open science. Philip Mirowski. Social Studies of Science. 2018, Vol. 48(2) 171–203


Almost everyone is enthusiastic that ‘open science’ is the wave of the future. Yet when one looks seriously at the flaws in modern science that the movement proposes to remedy, the prospect for improvement in at least four areas are unimpressive. This suggests that the agenda is effectively to re-engineer science along the lines of platform capitalism, under the misleading banner of opening up science to the masses.



1. Introduction

2. The indictment of the old regime

  • Distrust of science is rampant in the general population
  • Science suffers a democracy deficit
  • The slowdown in scientific productivity
  • The explosion of retractions and the falling rate of falsification

3. Platform capitalism meets open science; romance ensues

4. The future is already here


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