About Science Fictions

Welcome to Science Fictions! This is the Substack newsletter that follows on from my 2020 book of the same name, which was about fraud, bias, negligence and hype in science. If it’s about where research goes wrong, I’m interested: not because I want to attack science, but because healthy scepticism is what science is all about. I’m also interested in ways that we can fix these problems - whether that involves changes in scientific publishing, statistics, culture, or policy.

In 2022, I was writing directly on Substack, and you can still find all those posts on this site.

As of 2023, I’m now a full-time science writer for the i newspaper in the UK - and that means all my science writing is published there. So at present this Substack is a monthly update of all the stuff I’ve written recently - along with some extra comments and a list of interesting science-related links from the previous month.

If you’d like to suggest a topic for me to cover, or tip me off about some dodgy scientific claims (in scientific papers, the mainstream press, or anywhere else), then please do get in touch on stuart.ritchie@inews.co.uk.

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Stuart Ritchie 

Science Writer at the i Newspaper; Former Academic; Monthly Substack Updater