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Publishing bias out of the bottle

Tomáš Grim, an ornithologist at Palacky University in the notoriously linkurl:beer;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/25122/ besotted Czech Republic, came down with a bad case of mononucleosis in 1999. His illness prohibited him from drinking for about a year. Soon after he recovered, he began publishing papers in more high profile scientific journals, such as Proceedings of the Royal Society B and Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. Grim's new-found prolificacy on the heels

Elie Dolgin
Tomáš Grim, an ornithologist at Palacky University in the notoriously linkurl:beer;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/25122/ besotted Czech Republic, came down with a bad case of mononucleosis in 1999. His illness prohibited him from drinking for about a year. Soon after he recovered, he began publishing papers in more high profile scientific journals, such as Proceedings of the Royal Society B and Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. Grim's new-found prolificacy on the heels of his extended sobriety got him thinking about how guzzling linkurl:beer;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/22991/ affected the publishing habits of his fellow researchers. He surveyed the drinking habits and publication records of nearly all the avian ecologists and evolutionary biologists in the Czech Republic, which has the highest beer consumption rates of any country. He found that the number of papers published, the total number of citations received, and the average number of citations per paper all declined with increased beer consumption. And this linkurl:finding,;http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.2008.0030-1299.16551.x...

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