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Posts tagged with "The Scientific Literature"

  • Clinical Trials

    How Much Clinical Research Is Useful?

    John Ioannidis is back with an article titled “Why Most Clinical Research Is Not Useful”. (Thanks to Cambridge MedChem Consulting for the mention of it). His emphasis here on clinical work comes from his own admission that improving the efficiency of early-stage research is much harder to do, since it can lead in so many directions… Read More
  • The Dark Side

    The University of Malaya Is Not Having It

    Much faster than I (or probably anyone) expected, the University of Malaya has investigated the papers written about here and here, and concluded that yes indeed, they are full of fraudulent images. Retraction Watch has the story here, and here’s the statement from the university. They’re asking the authors to immediately retract all th… Read More
  • Clinical Trials

    The NEJM and Clinical Trials: What’s Going On?

    Here’s an article from the New England Journal of Medicine on randomized clinical trials. You would expect one of the most well-known medical journals in the world to be in favor of clinical trials, but that doesn’t quite seem to be the case. The article is very much a on-the-one-hand on-the-other-hand affair: By the turn… Read More
  • The Scientific Literature

    More on Scientific Reports, And on Faked Papers

    After seeing that horrible junk paper in Scientific Reports, and after some correspondence with people who’ve submitted to the journal and reviewed papers for it, there’s a question that I think needs to be asked. Has anyone ever had a paper rejected from this journal? They’re supposed to review for accuracy, not impact, but if… Read More
  • The Dark Side

    Crap, Courtesy of a Major Scientific Publisher

    I hate to be like this. But yesterday a number of chemists began noticing this paper, and after having a look, I think it really needs to be mentioned. (Update: if that link is down, and it’s been spotty under all the attention, try this one). It’s a group from Kuala Lumpur, the pharmacology department… Read More
  • The Scientific Literature

    Reproducibility: Crisis or Not?

    Here are the results of a Nature survey on reproducibility in the scientific literature. They themselves admit that it’s a “confusing snapshot”, but it shows that we’re still arguing about what “reproducibility” means. 52% of the responders (over 1500 scientists) said that there was “a significant crisis… Read More
  • Academia (vs. Industry)

    Stand By Your Data With Some Cash

    Reproducibility in the scientific literature has been a big issue for some time now, and it’s not going away any time soon. There are arguments and counterarguments about how much of the literature is not reproducible, how reproducible the attempts to reproduce it are, what the standards should be for such efforts, and how much… Read More
  • The Scientific Literature

    Sci-Hub And Its Users

    I’ve been meaning to link to this article by John Bohannon on Sci-Hub, the gigantic paper-sharing (well, paper-pirating) service. The person behind the site (Alexandra Elbakyan) provided him with a large amount of data on the download requests it receives, and the overall picture is very interesting. Nation by nation, the single biggest user… Read More
  • How To Get a Pharma Job

    How Much Do Good Publications Count?

    A reader sends along a question that has been on the minds of many a grad student and post-doc over the years. He’s working away on his project, and trying to get work published. And naturally enough, he’d like to see it in the best possible journal, but what if the best possible journals turn… Read More
  • Chemical News

    The Chemistry Time Machine

    When I’m looking through the current literature, I sometimes try a thought experiment: what, I wonder, would I have made of these papers if I could have seen them back when I was in graduate school? If in 1986 some time warp had started leaking in the 2016 table of contents from the Journal of… Read More