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Star Wars hoax make four scientific journals look like a joke

Researchers have been advised and warned that not all journals are legitimate. Four scientific journals have become the joke of the medical world when they published a completely made-up paper on what they assumed was mitochondria. The paper was actually about “midi-chlorians”, which is a made-up scientific term taken from …

‘Scientific’ Journals Caught in ‘Star Wars’ Sting Operation

NEUROSKEPTIC IS PSEUDONYMOUS BLOGGER FOR Discover who is a neuroscientist in the United Kingdom. He or she resists being named because it might harm the ability to speak freely about issues within the neuroscience community, and also to protectpersonal relationships with other scientists. The secret identity also helps Neuroskeptic pull off stunts like the one …

Bringing a ‘trust but verify’ model to journal peer review

Academic journals are increasingly asking authors to use transparent reporting practices to “trust, but verify” that outcomes are not being reported in a biased way and to enable other researchers to reproduce the results. To implement these reporting practices, most journals rely on the process of peer review—in …