The publication process itself was the major cause of publication bias in genetic epidemiology

Calnan, Michael .W. and Smith, George Davey and Sterne, Jonathan A. C. (2006) The publication process itself was the major cause of publication bias in genetic epidemiology. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 59 (12). pp. 1312-1318. ISSN 0895-4356. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: How do scientists in the field of genetic epidemiology see the problem of publication bias, what are the possible solutions and what particular pressures are they under that might either promote or prevent publication and other biases? STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: An exploratory study of beliefs and practices among scientists working in the field of genetic epidemiology. A purposive sample of senior, genetic scientists was selected (N=6) and informants were interviewed face to face. RESULTS: There was some consensus that the issue of nonreplication might be particularly problematic in genetic epidemiology, and that publication bias could contribute to this. The informants suggested that the problem lay mainly with the publication process. Publication of negative results was seen as important but fraught with difficulties. CONCLUSION: Possible solutions included education of editors, and reviewers, dissemination of negative findings through Web sites or accessible data archives and pooling of data. However, none of these were perceived to be straightforward given the current pressures on the research industry

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
R Medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2014 14:55 UTC
Last Modified: 09 May 2014 13:14 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/38745 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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