NSES Content Standard A 
Science as Inquiry: Understanding about scientific inquiry
Grades 9-12, page 175

Results of scientific inquiry--new knowledge and methods--emerge from different types of investigations and public communication among scientists. In communicating and defending the results of scientific inquiry, arguments must be logical and demonstrate connections between natural phenomena, investigations, and the historical body of scientific knowledge. In addition, the methods and procedures that scientists used to obtain evidence must be clearly reported to enhance opportunities for further investigation.

Benchmark 1B The Nature of Science: Scientific Inquiry
Grades 9-12, page 13
There are different traditions in science about what is investigated and how, but they all have in common certain basic beliefs about the value of evidence, logic, and good arguments. And there is agreement that progress in all fields of science depends on intelligence, hard work, imagination, and even chance.

Benchmark 1B The Nature of Science: Scientific Inquiry
Grades 9-12, page 13
In the short run, new ideas that do not mesh well with mainstream ideas in science often encounter vigorous criticism. In the long run, theories are judged by how they fit with other theories, the range of observations they explain, how well they explain observations, and how effective they are in predicting new findings.

Benchmark 1C The Nature of Science: The Scientific Enterprise
Grades 6-8, page 18
Accurate record-keeping, openness, and replication are essential for maintaining an investigator's credibility with other scientists and society.

Benchmark 12A Habits of Mind: Values and Attitudes
Grades 6-8, page 287
Know why it is important in science to keep honest, clear, and accurate records.