The last sentence of an excellent article in Chemistry World entitled “Safeguarding science against falsehood demands debate” by my colleague Mathias Brust is “What are we afraid of”. Indeed.
Mathias poses this question after highlighting the virtual absence of debate following publication. Science publication has changed in this respect over the past decades. With the notable exception of Gordon Research Conferences, there is also virtually no discussion at many meetings and certainly challenge is unusual, though thankfully my proteoglycan and FGF colleagues are more energetic in this respect than many.