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Medical Journals Become More of a Joke Than Ever

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by leela, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. leela

    leela Slow But Hopeful

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    "A respected Canadian medical journal that was sold to offshore owners last year is now printing scientific junk for hire, but still trading on its original good name.

    Experimental & Clinical Cardiology was published in Oakville, Ont., for 17 years and had a solid reputation for printing original medical research. It was sold in 2013, and its new owners say they are in Switzerland, but do their banking in Turks and Caicos.
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    To test the journal, the Citizen sent in an outrageously bad manuscript. The title is a hodgepodge of medical-sounding words adding up to nothing: “VEGF proliferation in cardiac cells contributes to vascular declension.”

    For the rest we plagiarized a study on HIV but replaced “HIV” with the word “cardiac” throughout, to make it look (sort of) like cardiology. But it wouldn’t impress anyone who knows the subject."

    http://ottawacitizen.com/technology/science/respected-medical-journal-turns-to-dark-side
     
  2. jimells

    jimells Senior Member

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    :rofl::rofl::rofl: "Vascular declension" - I love it!
     
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  3. SOC

    SOC

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    Shocking. But sadly, it no longer surprises me.
     
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  4. Sushi

    Sushi Senior Member Albuquerque

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    Some quotes from the article: :eek:

     
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  5. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem All Good Things Must Come to an End

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    "Cell to cell spread of cardiac" - that sounds ominous! :nervous:
     
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  6. Hip

    Hip Senior Member

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    That's the problem with open access journals (also called "pay to publish" journals) like Experimental & Clinical Cardiology: there can be issues with quality control.

    A similar "sting" on open access journals was conducted last year.


    However, in what way are medical journals in general a joke, as the tread title suggests?
     
  7. Snow Leopard

    Snow Leopard Hibernating

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    It is definitely disappointing, but not completely unexpected - quality can't always be 100% when humans are involved...
     

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