Opening Pandora's box: cause and impact of errors on plant pigment studies
Acceso abierto / Sarbide irekia
Artículo / Artikulua
Versión publicada / Argitaratu den bertsioa
Today, there is an astonishing volume of scientific information available for researchers, which can be easily accessed through powerful search tools. Yet, the question now is whether all this vast amount of information is reliable. In this sense, a “bad science” controversy arose recently when many Open Access (OA) journals (more than a half) published a false, error-ridden paper, which had been ... [++]
Today, there is an astonishing volume of scientific information available for researchers, which can be easily accessed through powerful search tools. Yet, the question now is whether all this vast amount of information is reliable. In this sense, a “bad science” controversy arose recently when many Open Access (OA) journals (more than a half) published a false, error-ridden paper, which had been submitted in order to test the publishing ethics of these journals (Bohannon, 2013). This fake article was published mainly by fraudulent journals, but it was also accepted by a number of OA journals of renowned publishers with peer-review systems. The failure to reject an article full of errors revealed that the system's gearbox is leaking somewhere. The carelessness of peer-reviews in a number of OA journals has opened a Pandora's Box, and what is more disconcerting, nobody can guarantee that it could not also affect regular journals (non OA). Traditionally, it has been assumed that scientific journals should detect and correct all these failings through the peer review before publication. Regrettably, as we show in this communication, the system is far from being perfect (Pulverer, 2010; Székely et al., 2014). [--]
Frontiers in Plant Science, 6: 148
Universidad Pública de Navarra. Instituto de Agrobiotecnología / Nafarroako Unibertsitate Publikoa. Agrobioteknologiako Institutua
Versión del editor
Supporting from BFU 2010-15021, UPV/EHU-GV IT-624-13 grant, JAE-Doc-2011-046 fellow from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) received by RE and Marie Curie IEF grant (328370 MELISSA) from the European FP7-PEOPLE received by BF-M, are acknowledged.
Aparece en las colecciones
Los documentos de Academica-e están protegidos por derechos de autor con todos los derechos reservados, a no ser que se indique lo contrario.
La licencia del ítem se describe como © 2015 Fernández-Marín, Artetxe, Barrutia, Esteban, Hernández and García-Plazaola. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.