Tuesday, June 19, 2018

How to Reject Any Scientific Manuscript

This is pretty cool. How to reject any scientific manuscript.


The lady, Lynn Margulis, submitted her foundational work on how eukaryotic cells form and absorb organelles was rejected by a whopping 15 different academic journals before finally being accepted, setting a record. The only reason why the last one accepted her work, was that she put her last name as "Sagan", as she was Carl Sagan's wife at one point.

Makes you wonder what peer review really is. This one really got me, and was quite enlightening:

Armstrong (1982) formulated what he called "the author's formula", a set of rules that authors should use to increase the likelihood and speed of acceptance of their manuscripts.

"Authors should

(1) not pick an important problem,

 (2) not challenge existing beliefs,

(3) not obtain surprising results,

(4) not use simple methods,

(5) not provide full disclosure, and

(6) not write clearly."

Taschner (2007) even opposes

"the illusion that papers written by researchers are really read by those colleagues who keep the power of important decisions. In my view, the situation – at least in some disciplines – is much more miserable: often no longer anything is read, but, in the best case, good friends among the gatekeepers are asked by phone or email whether the author really is suitable."

That's how it really works ladies and gentlemen. Peer review has absolutely nothing to do with science.

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