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Underdetermined Interests: Scientific ‘Goods’ and Animal Welfare

Journal Article


Abstract


  • It is well known that the culture within which actors such as scientists and clinicians operate is structured by the mechanisms through which institutional rewards are distributed (Garfield 1979). In the biosciences, citation counts are the accepted markers of a researcher's originality and competence that permit access to funding, promotion and other forms of institutional support. Osborne and colleagues' (2009) study suggests that beneath this publication-driven reward system is a widespread indifference on the part of journals to the ethical/welfare issues that surround the use of animals for the purposes of science. Although the promotion of animal welfare is not necessarily a goal of the vast majority of scientific research, it is arguable that those who distribute the institutional rewards should also be accountable for the harms that occur during efforts directed at their attainment.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Degeling, C. & Johnson, J. (2009). Underdetermined Interests: Scientific ‘Goods’ and Animal Welfare. The American Journal of Bioethics, 9 (12), 64-66.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-71649101063

Number Of Pages


  • 2

Start Page


  • 64

End Page


  • 66

Volume


  • 9

Issue


  • 12

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • It is well known that the culture within which actors such as scientists and clinicians operate is structured by the mechanisms through which institutional rewards are distributed (Garfield 1979). In the biosciences, citation counts are the accepted markers of a researcher's originality and competence that permit access to funding, promotion and other forms of institutional support. Osborne and colleagues' (2009) study suggests that beneath this publication-driven reward system is a widespread indifference on the part of journals to the ethical/welfare issues that surround the use of animals for the purposes of science. Although the promotion of animal welfare is not necessarily a goal of the vast majority of scientific research, it is arguable that those who distribute the institutional rewards should also be accountable for the harms that occur during efforts directed at their attainment.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Degeling, C. & Johnson, J. (2009). Underdetermined Interests: Scientific ‘Goods’ and Animal Welfare. The American Journal of Bioethics, 9 (12), 64-66.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-71649101063

Number Of Pages


  • 2

Start Page


  • 64

End Page


  • 66

Volume


  • 9

Issue


  • 12

Place Of Publication


  • United States