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Opinion: Why I Published in a Predatory Journal

By John H. McCool | April 6, 2017

Our totally bogus case report swiftly passed muster, with only minor revisions requested.

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Overspending on Overhead

By Viviane Callier | February 1, 2015

Federal research dollars are needlessly wasted as scientists spend more and more of their time trying to recoup operational costs.

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Psychiatry: An SOS Call

By Robert E. Becker | May 1, 2014

Social policies shaped the practice of psychiatry in the past. As the discipline becomes ever more scientific, the effects of social policy on patient well-being must not be ignored.

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The Great Divide

By Didier Schmitt | December 1, 2013

A two-way bridge between science and policy is desperately needed.

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Defending Against Plagiarism

By Jonathan Bailey | June 1, 2013

Publishers need to be proactive about detecting and deterring copied text.

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DIYbio: Low Risk, High Potential

By Todd Kuiken | March 1, 2013

Citizen scientists can inspire innovation and advance science education—and they are proving adept at self-policing.

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Regulating Amateurs

By Dustin T. Holloway | March 1, 2013

How should the government ensure the safety and responsibility of do-it-yourself biologists?

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Medicines for the World

By Suerie Moon and Ellen ’t Hoen | October 1, 2012

A global R&D treaty could boost innovation and improve the health of the world’s poor—and rich.

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Science and Democracy

By Lewis M. Branscomb and Andrew A. Rosenberg | October 1, 2012

Researchers and conscientious citizens must unite against the partisan rancor in American politics and restore the role of scientific information in policymaking.

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Bring On the Transparency Index

By Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky | August 1, 2012

Grading journals on how well they share information with readers will help deliver accountability to an industry that often lacks it.

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