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    Default The Pandemic Claims New Victims: Prestigious Medical Journals

    Roni Caryn Rabin
    June 14, 2020

    Two major study retractions in one month have left researchers wondering if the peer review process is broken.

    One study promised that popular blood-pressure drugs were safe for people infected with the coronavirus. Another paper warned that anti-malaria drugs endorsed by President Trump actually were dangerous to these patients.

    The studies, published in the New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet, were retracted shortly after publication, following an outcry from researchers who saw obvious flaws.
    The hasty retractions, on the same day this month, have alarmed scientists worldwide who fear that the rush for research on the coronavirus has overwhelmed the peer review process and opened the door to fraud, threatening the credibility of respected medical journals just when they are needed most.


    Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/14/h...8b0e20e9725adc
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    Default Re: The Pandemic Claims New Victims: Prestigious Medical Journals

    Julieanne, thanks for posting this article. The "Peer Review" process has been broken for decades!! But, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the problems of fraud, plagiarism, sloppy research, etc. already inherent in the review process. That peer review is based on "trust" makes it an imperfect process. Trust that researchers have based their conclusions on the correct use and interpretation of data, and the correct analytical methodologies, etc. This trust is necessary because peer reviewers rarely have the time and/or resources to go back and check raw data or trace detailed methodologies step by step. While peer review is flawed, it's one of the best alternatives we have. Another alternative, however, is PubPeer--a "Post-publication peer review" website, where other researchers critique recently published research. When I read about a study that sounds too good to be true, like much of the COVID-19 medical research, I checkout PubPeer.com to see what other experts are saying about the research. See more about PubPeer here: https://pubpeer.com/static/faq

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    Default Re: The Pandemic Claims New Victims: Prestigious Medical Journals

    That's a very useful link. Thanks Mr Wiz.

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