The paper we published in Nature Climate Change in 2018 took us to a new level of scientific exposure, increasing our responsibility to continually improve our work, but at the same time improved our confidence in continuing to carry out more ambitious and relevant research into the future.
• Van Bavel et al. expressed their faith in social and behavioural science. • IJzerman et al. questioned van Bavel et al. conclusions. • We discuss these two views by defending maturity of behavioural science. • We conclude that social science is largely beneficial in times of a crisis.
A recent paper questioned the suitability of the whole discipline to provide evidence for policy. The claim is unjustified and unworldly.