New policy gives government power to muzzle DFO scientists

By Michael Harris, iPolitics, 7 February 2013

Although there has always been a departmental policy on the publication of scholarly research, the 2013 version of the rules features some crucial differences. (...)

Previous policies applied only to those papers prepared by DFO scientists. If government scientists teamed up with non-DFO scientists on a paper, it was merely “recommended” that DFO scientists adhere to the departmental publication policy. The new policy applies to all submissions and DFO approval is required. Just to make sure scientists get the message, that part of the revised guidelines is printed in bold italics. Making things worse, the new policy does not lay out the criteria for giving thumbs-down to a publication. Although there has always been a departmental policy on the publication of scholarly research, the 2013 version of the rules features some crucial differences. (...)

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