Is competition bad for science?

This is their conclusion which hopefully will incentivize a reading of the whole article

Conclusions.As declines in funding have intensified competition among scientists, the detrimental effects of hypercompetition on creativity, efficiency, communication, collegiality, and integrity are increasingly evident. With the emergence of team science and the need for multidisciplinary approaches to challenging problems, a more cooperative and collaborative scientific culture is sorely needed. However, it is not going to be easy to make science more collaborative. We are going to have to work together.

Competitive Science: Is Competition Ruining Science?

Science has always been a competitive undertaking. Despite recognition of the benefits of cooperation and team science, reduced availability of funding and jobs has made science more competitive than ever. Here we consider the benefits of competition in providing incentives to scientists and the adverse effects of competition on resource sharing, research integrity, and creativity. The history of science shows that transformative discoveries often occur in the absence of competition, which only emerges once fields are established and goals are defined. Measures to encourage collaboration and ameliorate competition in the scientific enterprise are discussed.


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