Accelerated publication of scientific results
Michael H. Kanter
Michael.H.Kanter at KP.ORG
Mon Mar 27 17:05:11 UTC 2017
Thanks for pointing out this important problem. I might add though that there are really two problems. One is the slowness of getting important information into the published literature. The other is getting things in the published literature that work into widespread clinical practice. This is the much bigger problem and on average takes 17 years. We have recently published a process that speeds this up a bit that may be of interest to those concerned with this slowness problem. It is nowhere near a complete solution, however. Given the huge number of research studies published, it is not surprising that getting research findings implemented has delays. From our experience, practices which are delaying in the implementation are often ones that require multidisciplinary teams to coordinate and do not have vendors or big pharma promoting them.
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Dear SIDM friends,
More than a year ago on this forum we discussed the issue of delayed biomedical scientific publication at some length. At that time, I pointed out the difference between how biomedical findings are (very slowly) peer-reviewed and published and the much faster way that the physics community does it—by publishing a “preprint” online more or less immediately and accomplishing the peer-reviewing later. A number of us, especially Dr. Robert Bell, lamented how these delays imposed on the dissemination of new biomedical knowledge are actually impeding the progress of research and creating substantial waste, since many scientists may end up working on doomed, dead-end projects, needlessly consuming their time and other resources for months before a colleagues’ paper is published showing the results they would have needed to refocus their efforts to something more fruitful.
This problem is essentially created by the strangle-hold the high impact journals, ones such as NEJM, Science, Nature, and PNAS, among others, have on biomedical scientists, coupled with the highly competitive “publish or perish” sort of incentives that have spawned a wide range of problems in the research world. The high-impact journals typically insist that new findings be kept strictly secret until released in their pages, and the scientists, in turn, rely on publication in those journals to advance their careers. For some reason, the physicists seem to have become immune to this problem.
Well, it would appear that the biomedical research world is slowly addressing this, and adopting the same approach as the physicists. See the article, available here:
and this related article:
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