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Is the Peer Review Journal Dead?

28 Giu

Una disamina realistica e crudele sullo stato attuale della stampa e della ricerca in ambito medico.

Tony Brown, editore di Emergency Medicine Australasia, dipinge un quadro devastante sulla qualità delle riviste mediche, evidenziando in modo sistematico una serie di problemi che non possiamo fare finta di non vedere. Questo podcast vi farà cambiare atteggiamento nei confronti di molte delle fonti che giornalmente costruiscono la nostra base culturale. Aumenterà sicuramente la consapevole autodifesa contro articoli faziosi e di poca consistenza scientifica.

Ascoltate l’audio, leggete le slide. In calce al post gli highlights della presentazione. Sono in lingua originale per evitare di perdere con la traduzione la vera natura dei concetti.

Highlights Transcript:

  • Peer review dosen’t work

    • Peer review: “Slow, expensive, ineffective, a lottery, biased, incapable of detecting fraud and prone to abuse” Smith R. BMJ 2004;329:242-4

  • Most papers are rubbish

    • Few trials are valid and relevant ( 1% – 7% ) Haynes RB. ACP J Club 1993;119:A22-A23 Scott I, Glaziou P. Med J Aust 2012;197:374-8

  • Research hijacked (from Big Pharma)

    • Big Pharma owns and control the data

    • Big Pharma control what is published or not

  • Restricted full-text access

    • $24 billion biomedical publishing industry

    • Most of them are waste of money

    • Positive studies are most likely been published, so authors try hard to make positive conclusions trough subanalysys of small groups invalidating all data

    • Negative studies are most likely to be rigorous and well conducted

  • What are the alternatives?

    • Release ALL data and information

    • Publish negative trials

    • Focus on the reader

    • Post publication review, ‘Publish then filter’

    • Rating systems / Web 2.0 tools / crowdsourcing

  • Is the Peer Review Journal Dead? Not yet – but smelling badly !

    • Return the focus back onto the reader

    • Expect and embrace all forms of post publication review

    • Focus on education / translation

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