Perspectives: From the Editor

Research & Development: Sloppy Statistics Mar Papers

Analysis of articles in one field finds that statistical mistakes are common.

By Mark Rosenzweig, Editor in Chief
Feb 21, 2017

Technical journals play a crucial role in the effective communication of experimental results and, thus, the progress of science and engineering. So, publication of properly reviewed and accurate information is paramount. Unfortunately, some journals choose content based on inadequate peer reviewing or without any real evaluation whatsoever. (See “Hoax Highlights Publishing Problem.[sitetree_link,id=8273]”) Now, an investigation by a team at Tilburg University, Tilburg, the Netherlands, has found that many of the papers they checked have statistical mistakes.

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