Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Advocacy in peer review?

The August 10 issue of Science has a letter "The Dangers of Advocacy in Science" which includes the recommendation:

each professional society should survey members at year's end to decide on the five papers in their field with the most overly inflated claims.

See 317 Science 748.

In a different context, LBE remembers "Long Range Research" meetings in private industry, which included exorbitant claims. One wag suggested bringing speakers back the next year to establish which claims were in fact realized.


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