Keep your research honest, unbiased, comprehensive, and blind

Sociobiology

Science cannot advance on fraudulent publications, whether the problems are big or small. We all know the basics of honest research, but there are also things we need to be taught. These are based on understanding our inadvertent tendencies to accept data that support our hypotheses and view data that reject them as aberrant.DSC00078

Did you see the Comment by Glenn Begley in the 23 May 2013 Nature entitled Six red flags for suspect work, pages 433-434? It is a followup on a couple of studies that show that most preclinical cancer papers in top journals could not be reproduced, even in the same lab (references in the paper cited above). The point of Begley’s commentary is that it is not so hard to identify the poorly done papers. Begley breaks it down to six thoughtful questions that are good to think about in planning your own research and in…

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