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Authorship And E-Science: Balancing Epistemological Trust And Skepticism In The Digital Environment, Justine Pila Jan 2009

Authorship And E-Science: Balancing Epistemological Trust And Skepticism In The Digital Environment, Justine Pila

Justine Pila

In this article I consider the role of authorship in balancing epistemological trust and skepticism in e-science. Drawing on studies of the diagnostic practices of doctors in British breast care units and the gate-keeping practices of a Californian publisher of (professional and amateur) horticultural works, I suggest that conventions of authorial designation have an important role to play in nurturing the skepticism essential for scientific rigor within the framework of epistemological trust that pragmatism and morality require. In so doing I question the assumption of contemporary scholars that scientific works are determinate in fact, while nonetheless supporting the idea of ...