Re: peer review

The peer review process is not perfect because scientists are humans too, but its the best system we have to ensure scientific rigour. But also papers are published so that the scientific community can then debate the issues in successive papers, if necessary. Part of the accepted process is that if the paper does prove to be flawed then retractions should be published (also refer to retractionwatch.wordpress.com/).

I think part of the key problem for scientists is that they are often not taught how to write, and how to write well, at high school or university and I'm not specifically talking about science communication. For example I find it necessary to always cover the basics of punctuation as part of my workshops and at many participants do not realise the importance of summarising skills. Scientists stills get published because the accuracy of the science is the priority for journals not to communicate to a broad audience.

cheers

Marina




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