Sherman: Research Articles Need Careful Review
Most ethics authorities usually agree that articles containing numbers require careful review prior to publication. Too many editors and writers forego the necessary vetting, warns editorial and design consultant Robin Sherman. “Journalists publish many stories based on bad data,” he says, “which in turn is often based on poor methodology.”
Sherman is immediate past ethics committee chairman of the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). I had hoped to review his helpful report on best vetting practice during my presentation at last month’s ASBPE-sponsored data journalism workshop.
However, my allotted time did not allow me to do justice to his excellent commentary. So I arranged to point my website visitors to his important two-part article.
Among the wealth of insights in Sherman’s article are these:
- 10 deadly sins of unethical science reporting
- Six reasons why B2B editors and writers publish articles about data from poor research * ASBPE ethics code guidelines addressing vetting practices
- Understanding six fundamental evaluation measures
- 12 guidelines designed to facilitate quantitative accuracy in published data-based articles