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This Paper Should Not Have Been Retracted: #HandofGod highlights the worst aspects of science twitter

Academic life, publishingMarch 5, 2016

I really didn’t want to care about this paper, at all. When news broke Wednesday afternoon that a paper in PLOS One referenced the “Creator” in the abstract, introduction, and discussion, I took a look, read through the methodology and results, asked a few colleagues in that field if there were any methodological problems that would […]

How I prepare a peer review

Academic lifeFebruary 11, 2016

Over the last couple of months the question of how to write a peer review came up quite a few times, and a couple of my colleagues even asked me directly to help them prepare for their first  peer reviews. Preparing solid, critical peer review is an essential component of being a good citizen in […]

Is peer-review best left to academic journals?

Challenging the Conventional Narrative, fisheries, policy, Science, Science LifeJuly 21, 2015

If you have ever dealt with scientific data, you’ve probably encountered one of the shadier sides of science: academic publishing. While they’ve stood, in some cases, for centuries, as the official record of scientific advancement safeguarded under the watchful eye of peers, modern journals live in a modern world. Millions of words have already been […]

How to write and publish a scientific paper in the field of marine ecology and conservation

Blogging, ScienceMarch 6, 2015

Author’s note: The following blog post is an adaptation of a professional development training workshop that I gave to our lab’s interns. It is intended to serve as an introductory guide for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students who have never published a scientific paper before. It’s a combination of advice I’ve received from teachers, […]

Shades of Gray: Gray literature, peer-review, and the struggle for data in fisheries management

biology, Conservation, ecology, Life in the Lab, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksNovember 15, 2010

The dissemination of science follows the conventional route of rigorous peer-review followed by publication in an accredited scientific journal. This process has been the standard foundation from which the general public can trust that the science is, at the very least, valid and honest. Of course this system is not without its flaws. Scientific papers of questionable […]

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