Research regulation by omission and by publication
Faculty of Education and Arts
Kurongkurl Katitjin / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications
The recent commentary by Miller and colleagues should be welcomed by researchers in the alcohol and other drugs field because it explicitly identifies what has always been a problem, but has rarely been discussed in such specific terms (Miller, Moore, & Strang, 2006). The enumeration of strategies that funding bodies can, and do, use to control research will probably strike a cord for all of us who have sought funding or encountered barriers to the dissemination of findings. However, dropping the metaphoric pebble in the pool and identifying the larger ripples is just the start. There are many other ways the research process can be controlled and regular illumination and discussion of this in scientific journals may be a way of helping call these practices to account.