On Publishing Questionable Science

On Publishing Questionable Science Why do I have to make excellent laboratory work to make my papers reviewed (not published) in an average journal (impact of 1.2), whereas Mr. Chapela1 published in Nature a work with so many flaws it wouldn't pass my university's PhD committee? Because he works in a controversial field and obtained results that could put corporations in a bad position. But that is not serious science; that is sensationalism. Millán Cortizo Sabugo Unidad de Fisiolog

Cortizo Sabugo
Nov 16, 2003

On Publishing Questionable Science

Why do I have to make excellent laboratory work to make my papers reviewed (not published) in an average journal (impact of 1.2), whereas Mr. Chapela1 published in Nature a work with so many flaws it wouldn't pass my university's PhD committee? Because he works in a controversial field and obtained results that could put corporations in a bad position. But that is not serious science; that is sensationalism.

Millán Cortizo Sabugo
Unidad de Fisiología Vegetal--Dpto. BOS
Universidad de Oviedo, Spain
mcortizo@correo.uniovi.es

1. S. Jaffe, "Berkeley tenure tiff restarts GM food joust," The Scientist, 17[19]:46-7, Oct. 6, 2003.

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