To Read More Papers, or to Read Papers Better? A Crucial Point for the Reproducibility Crisis 

A huge number of new scientific articles published every day often leads to poor reading habits. Both the information overload in today’s scientific literature and the current reproducibility crisis create, each on their own, challenges to the scientific practice. But things get much worse when the information overload and the reproducibility crisis start synergizing to create whole new problems or worsen already existing ones. In this article, the authors provide some examples to illustrate and discuss how the information overload – especially the poor reading habits associated with this overload – can aggravate the reproducibility crisis. The authors conclude that potential solutions do not rely on reading more but rather reading better.