We do not publish criticisms of papers published in our journal. Because science.

By Nuvola_apps_edu_science.svg: w:David Vignoni Baustelle.svg: User:Duesentrieb derivative work: w:de:Benutzer:Chris828 [LGPL (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons The December issue of Nature published a letter regarding scientific journals’ willingness to publish corrections when articles are found to be in error (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v504/n7478/full/504033d.html Note: paywall). They looked at 107 papers that used existing small public datasets and found that 10 papers had mistakes significant enough to affect the findings, and there were less significant errors in almost one-third of the papers.

It’s sad and problematic that only 4 journals actually published corrections. The part I find mind-boggling is that “some even had a policy not to publish criticisms of their papers.”

Wow.

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