Unintended Consequences: The Perils of Publication and Citation Bias

“The system of scientific communication appears to be more fragile than was once believed.”

Decisions made by individuals with particular research goals and an innate propensity for error can affect what others believe in ways we still do not quite understand. Image: MIT Press Reader”
“By: Gareth and Rhodri Leng

When President Donald Trump promoted hydroxychloroquine as a cure for Covid-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a leading White House advisor on the novel coronavirus, didn’t hesitate to contradict him. Fauci declared that all the “valid” scientific data showed that the drug was, in fact, ineffective.

What Trump had done wasn’t particularly unusual — he ‘cherry-picked’ evidence to support a claim that he had prematurely committed himself to…”

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