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Nobel-Prize Winning Biologist to Boycott Top Journals

Says they're distorting the scientific process

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Leading academic journals are distorting the scientific process and represent a "tyranny" that must be broken, according to a Nobel prize winner who has declared a boycott on the publications.

Randy Schekman, a US biologist who won the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine this year and receives his prize in Stockholm on Tuesday, said his lab would no longer send research papers to the top-tier journals, Nature, Cell and Science.

Schekman said pressure to publish in "luxury" journals encouraged researchers to cut corners and pursue trendy fields of science instead of doing more important work. The problem was exacerbated, he said, by editors who were not active scientists but professionals who favoured studies that were likely to make a splash.

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  1. This reminds me of a quote from that British “Global Warming Swindle” video a few years back.

    “If I wanted to do research on, shall we say, the squirrels of the Sussex what I would do, and this is anytime from 1990 to 1996, I would write my grant application saying, ‘I want to investigate the nut-gathering behavior of squirrels with special reference to the effects of global warming.’ And that way I get my money. If I forget to mention global warming, I might not get the money.”

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