Tagged: scientific literature

Paul Connett “updates” NZ MPs about fluoride - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Feb 22, 2018

 Data from Bashash et al., (2017). Despite a statistically significant relationship of child IQ with mothers prenatal urinary fluoride, this explains only about 3% of the huge scatter in the data. I haven’t followed the latest speaking tour of Paul Connett – organised by the local Fluoride Free NZ organisation. But I watched a TV interview with him this … Read More

Making sense of scientific research - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 06, 2015

This has been a common theme here as I have campaigned against cherry-picking research papers, relying on confirmation bias and putting blind faith in peer-review as a guarantee of research quality. In short I have pleaded for readers to approach published research critically and intelligently. The article The 10 stuff-ups we all make when interpreting research from … … Continue reading … Read More

Approaching scientific literature sensibly - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 25, 2014

We all suffer more or less from confirmation bias – it is just human.  So it’s natural for people to be selective, and to indulge in some cherry-picking and biased interpretation, when quoting scientific literature to support an idea they promote. In the scientific community peer review and continual submission of ideas to scrutiny by colleagues helps keep … … 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

Science! thou fair effusive ray… - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 09, 2013

Science! thou fair effusive ray From the great source of mental Day, Free, generous, and refin'd! Descend with all thy treasures fraught, Illumine each bewilder'd thought, And bless my lab'ring mind. But first with thy resistless light, Disperse those phantoms from my sight, Those mimic shades of thee; The scholiast's learning, sophist's cant, The visionary bigot's … Read More

Open access good for businesses too - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 21, 2013

Open-access publishing is discussed throughout science and science-writing circles. These initiatives aim to encourage wide-spread open access (free) for the scientific literature, so that anyone who might fit it of use can get a hold of the material. Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported on the European Commission moving towards open-access, citing a reason that … Read More

Communicating data clearly - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 25, 2012

Correct and appropriate presentation of graphs matters. It’s worth taking time to consider how to present your data, to convey the information clearly in a way that is readily perceived and accurate. Not just for scientists, either. Graphs are used ubiquitously, after all. [caption id="attachment_10074" align="aligncenter" width="640"] 'Convincing', xkcd. Original: http://xkcd.com/833/[/caption] On-line there is some … Read More

Here's my number, so call me maybe? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 22, 2012

Researchers can give their number[1] and maybe that glamorous research journal or laboratory will call them sometime, maybe. ORCIDs are the thing, here. Open Researcher Contributor IDs.[2] Researchers can tag themselves with a number and use this to identify themselves and their work. You can also use the directories to find others with shared interests. A … Read More

Should all research papers have a 'Limitations' section? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 09, 2012

Would it help scientists, peer-reviewers, editors and writers (including reporters) if research papers included a section outlining the weaknesses of the work presented in a research paper? Last month I covered a paper analysing media reporting of subsequent and related findings, published in PLoS ONE. Towards the end of this paper was a section titled … Read More