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Date:5/23/2013

ientists in that field of research. The publication is only given the go-ahead following a positive evaluation by these experts.

Built-in control mechanisms

Is this an absolute guarantee? Unfortunately not.

Fellow scientists try to reproduce results. They are usually successful, but sometimes similar experiments lead to different results. And this needs to be reported and examined in more detail. These built-in control mechanisms in the scientific process are therefore very important. It is a normal part of the scientific process. Scientific journals also sometimes offer scientists the opportunity to comment on certain publications after they have been published. The journal Science does this in the form of "technical comments". This is often the source of more extensive research.

New insights sometimes invalidate existing theories

Scientists want to get to the bottom of phenomena, usually with a certain hypothesis in mind. Research leads to new knowledge and insights, which results in refinement of the existing theories. However, sometimes this results in a completely new theory and the rejection of an existing theory. The history of science is littered with examples of this: think of Copernicus who was the first to assert that the sun and not the earth is the centre of our solar system. The Flemish contribution to Science is an excellent example of the self-monitoring process in the scientific world.


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