Monday, 6 April 2015


The problems with peer review - Biomed Central retracts 43 articles after it was found they had been scammed to use fictitious peer reviewers.

"Imagine the pathology department in your local hospital gave prestige, job security, advancement, praise and more money to the individual pathologists who found the most cancer in the biopsy samples they are sent. Not to the ones who most accurately identify cancer: The ones to detect the most – and the rarer the better. This is how academics are incentivised and it is a disaster." -- an aside from this new blog, btw the article is also great and thoughtful. 

North Korean slogan or TED talk?

This should be subtitled Why The Internet is Not Making Journalism More Efficient