As editor of the
Then, in a recent debate on researchers declaring conflicts of interests and the responsibility of journals publishing their work (highlighted by Nature's new policy of openness published in August), he was an outspoken advocate for the need for transparency.
These latest issues highlight Smith's long-held interest in ethics, in particular the effects of information technology on science and the ethical issues subsequently raised.
Smith has watched with interest as the Internet and other technologies have revolutionized science and scientific research. Among...