An interesting moment in science. We may have just witnessed the collapse of the big news of arsenic life--on a scientist's blog.
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- The JACS refutation might be the most experimentally clear, but there have been plenty of blog posts that have pointed out errors, contradictions with the literature and even data manipulation. I like the idea of post-publication peer review, I just wish this data was better aggregated (either in comments to the papers, or easier to find links to Research Blogging/F1000 etc).Aug 3, 2011
- You know, if she can't replicate it, there's a chance she can't publish that. A lot of journals would reject that for a variety of reasons.
But good for her. I find a lot of people who cling to a bad paper (anti-vaxxers, anti-GMOers) shout: well, did anyone replicate it? And often there is no example of that because it either 1) wasn't done, because of the study design is impossible to re-do for various logistical reasons, or 2) was done but nobody could publish the outcomes.Aug 3, 2011
- Yes, this is what I meant. I was under the assumption that for her to publish she would need to go a bit further than a simple replication of the arsenic paper. She would need to go further than simply stating it didn't work, but do further experiments as to why. Besides there are a number of journals out there that focus on publishing "negative results". Nature, even released a journal system like this earlier this year.Aug 3, 2011
- Does anyone have links to the JACS refutation blog posts? That's a new one to me.Aug 3, 2011
gives you links to all the original blog postsAug 3, 2011
- Yes, thanks, I was commenting on the pubic documentation of the results prior to traditional peer review. And I think it's much more than merely documenting the process for outsiders - I think over time it will alter how priority is established, it will alter the dynamic between cultural input and research, and in all probability as more journals go all-digital the lines between the traditional journal system and blogs will probably blur.
Whether these changes are good or bad will depend on how they are executed, and of course individual perspective.Aug 3, 2011