I am an independent science journalist, with around 13 years of biomedical research experience in molecular cell biology, stem cells and cancer.
As science journalist, I see it as my task to promote reproducibility, honesty and fairness in academic research. I believe changes are necessary in the way science is conducted and published, and how scientists are evaluated. We need to achieve unconditional data sharing, transparency in academic research and editorial processes, most importantly in the peer review.
The usual science journalism restricts itself to repeating after the cues given by scientific elite and leading research institutions. What we mostly read in the science news, is the voice of power and money. The climate of fear is omnipresent in science: bad science is very rarely exposed in the open, fraud and ethics breach are routinely covered up, while accusations and criticisms are raised only behind closed doors and are often unfairly or even wrongfully assigned. There are many good and honest scientists out there, but they have no voice. My site is for them.
Therefore, one goal of my site is to give voice to such concerned scientists who would normally never dare to speak out their critique, for fear of their influential colleagues. Some of these voices are named, some names are confidential. You can be one of them, just contact me below.
My conference presentations are available for you to browse and re-use at Slideshare. My academic CV and original research publications are listed on ORCID. Finally, I am also a cartoonist, please visit my Facebook page Science Cartoons.
I welcome your opinions, suggestions and stories for my future journalistic investigations. Confidentiality guaranteed! Please leave a functional email address where I can reach you, if you want me to follow up on information you share.
Yours, Leonid Schneider
PS: those of my “special” readers, who aren’t interested in talking to me, but rather in engaging lawyers and German courts to stop my reporting (like Profs Walles and their University Clinic Würzburg), can save time searching for my residence address: Taunusstr. 11, 63526 Erlensee, Germany.