"With so many scientific papers chasing so few pages in the most prestigious journals, the winners could be the ones most likely to oversell themselves—to trumpet dramatic or important results that later turn out to be false. This would produce a distorted picture of scientific knowledge, with less dramatic (but more accurate) results either relegated to obscure journals or left unpublished."
I'd agree with this for the most part.
Overselling sounds about right to me. Let's face it, otherwise the placing of the material itself is very, very difficult. In my field, at least....
Also, the obscure journal idea is also something I've found true. I've come to the realization that I'd rather be published than not published at all.
WOW. blogging at 2:26am?!?!?!?
Publishing is as much a business venture as anything. In the long run, some really need to do it in order to pursue what they need to. And a not-so-great journal is as good as any, really.
Check out PLoS. Maybe a more open approach to publishing would help combat the problem.
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