We object to Bad Science: Poor research practices should be discouraged!

  • Palesa N. Mothapo Division for Research Development, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8724-4328
  • Ethel E. Phiri Department of Agronomy, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1473-2045
  • Tando L. Maduna Department of Physiology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8758-1463
  • Rhoda Malgas Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Rose Richards Writing Laboratory, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Taime T. Sylvester DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Biomedical Tuberculosis Research, South African Medical Research Council Centre for Tuberculosis Research, Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9631-9133
  • Mlungele Nsikani Centre for Invasion Biology, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5053-1649
  • Melissa K. Boonzaaier-Davids Research and Exhibitions Department, Iziko Museums of South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Moleseng C. Moshobane South African National Biodiversity Institute, Biological Invasions Directorate, Pretoria National Botanical Gardens, Pretoria, South Africa https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7498-8451
Keywords: peer review, racism in research, research integrity, sample selection bias, science capital


This Commentary is a response to a Commentary published in the May/June 2020 issue:

Nattrass N. Why are black South African students less likely to consider studying biological sciences? S Afr J Sci. 2020;116(5/6), Art. #7864, 2 pages. https://doi.org/10.17159/sajs.2020/7864

Responses to the Commentary in the May/June 2020 issue have been published collectively in a special issue of Volume 116.

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