Three secrets of survival in science advice

Be impartial, humble and good value, urge Chris Tyler and Karen Akerlof.
Chris Tyler is director of public policy in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) at University College London.

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Karen Akerlof is an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA.

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Nature 566, 175-177 (2019)

doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-00518-x


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