Monday, February 25, 2013
I hope this embeds correctly. This TedMed talk is about the fascinating, and unacceptable, practice of "data choosing." Peer-reviewed journals are always looking for the newest and coolest avenue in science to publish about. There are a few hot topics like stem cells, cancer, and pharmacology that are received with gratitude when submitted for publication by researchers. However, the less exciting topics, in particular the ones that did not come to fruition experimentally, are ignored and refused publication. The problem is that in essence we are seeing some of what we did right and almost none of what we did wrong.