It could probably have been resolved decades ago, and definitely within the last 10 years with genomic data, yet it is still not. Why? Essentially, it’s because of bias in academia. It begins early: data access, then there’s authors’ own publication bias, then finally editorial and reviewing bias (all caused by lack of political/belief diversity […]

In reply to: Scott Alexander’s Learning To Love Scientific Consensus. Actually, I have planned (in my mind) a somewhat longer post on my take on the ‘correct contrarian cluster’, or how to make up your mind of what to believe on controversial topics. But I certainly don’t have time to write that now, so instead […]

From the interactive visualization I previously published to give foster an intuitive understanding of the concept: Tail effects are when there are large differences between groups at the extremes (tails) of distributions. This happens when the distributions differ in either the mean or the standard deviation (or both), even when these differences are quite small. […]

Abstract I argue that traditional scientific publication is extremely costly and that scientific publication must move towards more rapid publication practices. I discuss how this might be accomplished by integrating blogposts, The Winnower and ResearchGate. Introduction There are a number of important dimensions that scientists consider when they choose how and where to publish their […]

Also posted on the Project Polymath blog. An interesting study has been published: Thomas S. Bateman, and Andrew M. Hess. Different personal propensities among scientists relate to deeper vs. broader knowledge contributions. PNAS 2015 ; published ahead of print March 2, 2015, This is relevant to the study of polymathy, which of course involves making […]

Goodreads. Libgen. This book is background material for CGPGrey’s great short film: So, if you saw that and are more curious, perhaps this book is for you. If the film above is not interesting to you, the book will be useless. Generally, the film conveys the topic better than the book, but the book of […] FakingScience-20141214 <– PDF In general, this book was a fun and quick read. It gets somewhat repetitive with his descriptions of how bad he feels for his actions and how he was mistreated by some, stalked by media etc. It is worth reading if you care about psychology as a field. Surely there are […]

@KirkegaardEmil an important method of combating pub bias? it creates a accountability for the authors. If they cheat it can be seen by all. — Emil OW Kirkegaard (@KirkegaardEmil) January 4, 2015 Would this work? Authors can reduce their publication bias measure by publishing new studies that are more honest (with regards to reporting, research […]

While looking for peer-review related studies, I came across a meta-analysis of gender bias in grant applications. That sounds good. Bornmann, L., Mutz, R., & Daniel, H. D. (2007). Gender differences in grant peer review: A meta-analysis. Journal of Informetrics, 1(3), 226-238. Abstract Narrative reviews of peer review research have concluded that there is negligible evidence of […]

I came across this one. On the one hand it seems written in a serious tone. On the other hand, the claims are so ridiculous that it is hard to believe it is sincere. Some quotes below. Abstract: While the open-access (OA) movement purports to be about making scholarly content open-access, its true motives are […]