Scientific Publishing– Color Me Cynical

When it comes to scientific publishing, I am a true-blue cynic.

Medicine and marketing go hand and hand. Whether reading a published meta-analysis, systematic review or randomized clinical trial, bias is frequently interjected into journal articles because so much money rests on a favorable result appearing in the scientific literature.

The topic of publication bias has been covered extensively in the academic literature. If you want to read up on the topic, I suggest ‘Googling’ articles by Joel Lexchin (York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) and/or Lisa Bero at UCSF. Bottom line, if a drug company is in anyway involved in article development or placement, it is likely to color the content. Read more → →