The Impact of misinformation and fake news on the quality of academic research

Authors

  • Miriam Linda Akeriwe University for Development Studies Library
  • Daniel Azerikatoa Ayoung Bolgatanga Technical University, Box 767, Bolgatanga, Ghana
  • Francis Abagre Bolgatanga Technical University, Box 767, Bolgatanga, Ghana
  • Stephen Bekoe Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Accra, Ghana

Keywords:

Misinformation, fake news, academic research, information professionals, librarianship, information literacy

Abstract

The spread of misinformation and fake news has become a significant problem in recent years. While this issue is often discussed in the context of politics and social media, it can also have serious consequences for academic research. This study aims to examine the impact of misinformation and fake news on the quality of academic research. This study examines the impact of misinformation and fake news on the quality of academic research, particularly in terms of its influence on the research process, bias, dissemination of findings, and trust in research. Using a qualitative research methodology, the study will employ a literature review to examine the existing research on the subject, analyse the ways in which misinformation and fake news can affect the quality of academic research, and identify potential solutions to mitigate the negative impact. The study will examine how researchers can be influenced by fake news or misinformation and how it can impact the research process, lead to biased research, and affect the dissemination of research findings. This study highlights the critical need to address the problem of misinformation and fake news in the academic research community. By doing so, we can help to safeguard the integrity of research, promote the dissemination of accurate and reliable information, and maintain the public's trust in the scientific community. The paper further proffers some recommendations to help combat the menace of misinformation and fake news in academic and research activities.

Author Biography

  • Daniel Azerikatoa Ayoung, Bolgatanga Technical University, Box 767, Bolgatanga, Ghana

    University Library

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2023-10-02

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