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5 key things to know about meta-analysis

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Knowledge accumulates. But studies can get contradictory or misleading along the way. You can’t just do a head count: 3 studies saying yes minus 1 saying no ≠ thumbs up. The one that says “no” might outweigh the others in validity and power. You need a study of the studies if you want to be sure [...]

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Inching closer towards a science base for justice

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In a courtroom, the full power of the state comes down on an individual. No one should have to face that on their own. A criminal defense lawyer was making this argument to me after a long day in the court we were both working in. I’d asked him, how could he defend that man? [...]

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Science buzz and criticism get a powerful boost

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The scientific literature is full of it. By which I mean, of course, spin, error and less-than-reliable results. All that noise makes it tough to keep up with what’s important to read and buzz about. But the biomedical research community has a new way to share opinions on what may or may not be worth [...]

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Opening a can of data-sharing worms

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Are researchers’ dogs eating a lot of their homework? Well, yesterday afternoon at the quadrennial medical editors’ scientific meeting in Chicago, we found out they kinda are. Timothy Vines and colleagues did a study on how the reproducibility of data sets in zoology changes through time. They gathered 516 papers published between 1991 and 2011. [...]

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Academic spin: How to dodge & weave past research exaggeration

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Yesterday’s uplifting emphasis at the quadrennial medical editors’ scientific meeting was bad research (“Bad research rising”). This morning’s motivational agenda focused on measuring some of the main techniques for jazzing up research results. It started with making research look more independent by not declaring authors’ commercial conflicts of interest (COI). Kristine Rasmussen told us that [...]

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Bad research rising: The 7th Olympiad of research on biomedical publication

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What do the editors of medical journals talk about when they get together? So far today, it’s been a fascinating but rather grim mixture of research that can’t be replicated, dodgy authorship, plagiarism and duplicate papers, and the general rottenness of citations as a measure of scientific impact. We’re getting to listen and join in [...]

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