Tagged: peer review

Evolution actually – A tale of two disciplines - Lippy Linguist

Andreea Calude Nov 09, 2017

I wrote a recent post which touched on adopting approaches from other disciplines, specifically biology, and applying them to language data. It started a long time ago, that we realised language, as abstract and elusive as it might seem, can be thought of (and even more, modelled) in a similar vein to biological phenomena – people credit Darwin with … Read More

We need more post-publication peer review - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 18, 2017

We often tout peer review as the reason for accepting the veracity of published scientific studies? But how good is it really? Does it ever match the ideal picture people have of it? And what about peer review before and after publication – are we neglecting these important stages? Pre-publication peer review Here I mean the collective process of evaluating … Read More

Anti-fluoride IQ claims are false - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 06, 2017

Anti-fluoridation campaigners’ claims that community water fluoridation reduces IQ are simply false. That is the conclusion of  Alex Kasprak – and he says why in his new Snopes.com article (see Fact Check -Fluor-IQ). Snopes.com tackles fluoridation claims. These days anti-fluoridation activists use this claim as their main argument – and they often cite scientific articles to back it up. Read More

Don’t be fooled by simple media “science” - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott May 11, 2016

This video is getting plenty of coverage – and despite its length, it is worth watching. The humour helps, of course. You certainly won’t be bored if you commit the 20 minutes required to watch the video right through. Oliver warns about the way journalists often misrepresent the science. Further, he is warning that often the science itself is suspect … Read More

Profs, publications, & social media - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Feb 14, 2016

A while back, my Twitter feed brought up a post with the intriguing title “Prof, no-one is reading you“. The article kicks off with the following provocative statement:  Many of the world’s most talented thinkers may be university professors, but sadly most of them are not shaping today’s public debates or influencing policies. Now, them’s fighting words, but the … Read More

Poor peer-review – a case study - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 29, 2015

Many scientists are not impressed with the peer-review processes scientific journals use. Like democracy, this peer-review is better than all the available alternatives but it certainly doesn’t guarantee published scientific papers are problem-free. Sure, peer-reviewed sources are better than others which have no quality control. But it is still a matter of “customer beware.” The intelligent … … Continue reading … Read More

The public and new research: peer review, initial reports and responses to extraordinary claims - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 03, 2013

The recent and widely-reported retraction of a study on safety of genetically-modified (GM) maize has once-again raised the topic of what of peer-review offers.[1] This perennial topic includes what a scientific paper really is, how scientists respond to extraordinary claims (and what an extraordinary claim is) and, of course, what peer review contributes. With all the fuss the retraction … Read More

Predatoromics of science communication - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Oct 04, 2013

The week ends with a series of articles in Science that make you roll your eyes. These articles explore different aspects of the landscape of science communication exposing how broken the system can be at times. The increased pressure to publish scientific results to satisfy some assessors’ need to count beans has not come without […] … Read More

Funding giant toughens support for open publishing - Guest Work

Guest Work Apr 11, 2012

by Justin Norrie, editor, The Conversation One of the world’s biggest science funding bodies will strengthen its support for free online publishing by sanctioning errant academics who take its grants but publish in subscriber-only journals. The Wellcome Trust, Britain’s largest non-governmental funding body for medical research and the world’s second largest after the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, … Read More

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