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Is Peer Review all it's cracked up to be?

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Is Peer Review all it's cracked up to be?

Post by Kitkat on Sun 25 May 2014, 14:13

Recent controversy over figures used in the British Medical Journal which were later withdrawn renewed questions over the peer review system - the way medical studies are checked prior to publication.




A couple of years ago, Ivan Oransky founded Retraction Watch with science journalist Adam Marcus. The mission of this blog is to highlight cases of retractions, mistakes and corrections.

These journalists have a lot work ahead of them, judging by the study made by Danielle Fanelli, a natural scientist who specialises in the study of scientific misconduct, bias and related issues and a member of the Research Ethics and Bioethics Advisory Committee of the National Research Council in Italy.

According to a study of his, published in 2009 in PLOS One and based on the metadata of several surveys, about 2% of scientists have admitted to falsifying, making up or modifying elements at least once.

And one third confessed to other "questionable practices", including "to have 'modified research results' to improve the outcome, then to have reported results they 'knew to be untrue'."

Additionally, more than 70% of scientists say they have witnessed irregular behaviour from their colleagues.

If this is the case, how reliable are the studies published every day?

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27543867
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Re: Is Peer Review all it's cracked up to be?

Post by Feather on Mon 09 Jun 2014, 22:33

I just saw this. I'm amazed . I thought scientists were above reproach in this regard.
That raises many questions which I'd like to ask but unfortunately we don't know
where or when the falsifications took place or who is guilty of them.



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Re: Is Peer Review all it's cracked up to be?

Post by Umberto Cocopop on Tue 10 Jun 2014, 14:32

Peer review is a human activity. Although it's better than doing without it, it's always going to be subject to human biases.

It's supposed to be an anonymous system whereby reviewers don't know who wrote the papers etc., but it's often not too difficult to work out where it came from by the content.

Big name scientists find it very easy to get their work published in any journal. If no one's heard of you then it can be difficult to get published at all in a decent journal - even when the papers submitted contain exactly the same content! Experiments have been done to prove this.

It also depends on who the peers are. There are peer-reviewed journals dealing with parapsychology, homeopathy, etc.

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Re: Is Peer Review all it's cracked up to be?

Post by Theticties on Wed 28 Mar 2018, 16:55

I was also amazed by this information. I used to use different science publications to prepare different assignment. But now I use DoAhomework service that helps me write a college thesis. It's much more easier and save my time.

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Re: Is Peer Review all it's cracked up to be?

Post by Jamboree on Mon 02 Apr 2018, 15:25

Theticties wrote:now I use *a service* that helps me write a college thesis. It's much more easier and save my time.

Kids have got it so easy these days.  In my day we didn't have World Wide Web to turn to.  We had to use our bonce, I mean really use it and make use of it to the limit of its potential - and yes.. use it to make decisions, ask questions, make judgements, make it work, keep it alive!
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Re: Is Peer Review all it's cracked up to be?

Post by Kitkat on Mon 02 Apr 2018, 19:43

Jamboree wrote:
Theticties wrote:now I use *a service* that helps me write a college thesis. It's much more easier and save my time.

Kids have got it so easy these days.  In my day we didn't have World Wide Web to turn to.  We had to use our bonce, I mean really use it and make use of it to the limit of its potential - and yes.. use it to make decisions, ask questions, make judgements, make it work, keep it alive!  

This is a very old thread which has been brought to life by what has come to be known as a 'fly-past' spammer - i.e. someone who joins an online community forum such as this - purely to publicise their own website or product.  Noticeably, they usually just make the one post and then you never hear from them again - which is precisely the case with the poster before you, Jamboree. I'm pretty sure we'll not be hearing from me brave 'Theticties' again.

Notwithstanding that, I do agree with what you have said in your reply above (about kids having it easy these days) ....  In my day we weren't even allowed to use a calculator at school.  It's true!

Cue the 'Hovis' music ...  giggle

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Re: Is Peer Review all it's cracked up to be?

Post by Jamboree on Mon 02 Apr 2018, 22:46

Kitkat wrote:
This is a very old thread which has been brought to life by what has come to be known as a 'fly-past' spammer - i.e. someone who joins an online community forum such as this - purely to publicise their own website or product.  Noticeably, they usually just make the one post and then you never hear from them again - which is precisely the case with the poster before you, Jamboree.  I'm pretty sure we'll not be hearing from me brave 'Theticties' again.

I had picked up on that, Kitkat -- hence my insertion of *a service* where the link had been snucked in!  Wink   I was having a bit of a pop at the 'just popped in' poster there -- a poster pop if you like.  giggle stirpot
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Re: Is Peer Review all it's cracked up to be?

Post by Stardust on Tue 03 Apr 2018, 10:02

I heard a programme on the radio about this kind of service last year. Apparently it's ever more popular. Students pay for someone else to write the thesis in their place but pretend it's their own work, effectively buying their diploma instead of earning it by merit.

That's cheating, there's no other word for it, and this kind of service should be illegal. As long as it's available, there will always be lazy students and those not up to standard who will make use of it.

If a diploma is no longer proof of having assimilated whatever was studied, its worth is now zero, and hard luck for those who actually did do the work and wrote their own thesis to earn their diploma.

Disgusting.



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