Journal bias: Novelty preferred (which can be bad)

By Janet Raloff, 23:52 PM September 11, 2009

VANCOUVER, B.C. We’re born to love novelty. It grabs our attention. Sometimes it captivates. But new ideas, devices and therapies are not supposed to have some intrinsic right to center stage when it comes to biomedical journals. Here, quality rather than novelty is supposed to win the day. Doctors and patients depend on journals to present strong data, top notch analyses and reproducible findings.

Yet results of a study presented this morning at the peer-review congress I’m attending show...

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