Accelerated publication of scientific results

robert bell rmsbell200 at YAHOO.COM
Mon Apr 10 02:00:42 UTC 2017


Dear Michael,

Apologies for not getting back.  Several health problems in the family that have consumed time.  Things getting better.

The speed of publication is so important so that we spread the word quicker and save lives.

“Do Something.” is another aphorism that I believe in. There is far too much talk. 

We both have similar ideas in getting something accomplicshed a little quicker.

I am not sure as I am not a SIDM member but I would suspect that in the period that they have been in operation they have not saved one life that could be demonstrated with a study. Could be wrong.

As you know Dr. Peter Pronovost, of your alma mater, has save thousands of lives worldwide with one well constucted study in Michigan that showed numerous lives saved with asepsis in the placement of IV catheters.

Similalry, I would think that with studies done swiftly (compared to  the normal time to publish) you could on certain studies identify the extra number of lives saved over a period of time. Which brings up the point of doing a review study on just this. This could really encourage the use of quick publication journals. This could be something that Dr. Peter Pronovost might respond too. I notice that Johns Hopkins is on the SIDM consortium now. Not sure what that means in us going directly to John Hopkins. It could be a way to approach him? Are you a SIDM member?

I would like to see SIDM come up with one study to prove lives can be saved with something they recommend. Should not be too difficult to design a study.

The other thing that I would like to see us do is to speak to my friend Dr. Peter Rheinstein (a Johns Hopkins alumnus) - here is his bio. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Rheinstein

Incredibly talented and experienced - worked at the FDA for many years, and also has publishing experience. An MD, mathematician, and lawyer who can even present cases to the supreme court. Lives in Baltimore. 

We together could strategise on how to proceed - one way might be to start with showing that fast publication can save lives. John’s Hopkins, Peter Rheinstein may have further ideas with publication. And on the second initiative Peter Pronovost may have some good ideas on how to do studies with SIDM that eventually show lives saved.

Just some thoughts.

The best, Michael.

Rob






> On Mar 27, 2017, at 9:01 AM, Bruno, Michael <mbruno at PENNSTATEHEALTH.PSU.EDU> wrote:
> 
> 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:
>  
> http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21719438-about-change-findings-medical-research-are-disseminated-too <http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21719438-about-change-findings-medical-research-are-disseminated-too>
>  
> and this related article:
>  
> http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21719441-alternative-metrics-extend-concept-citation-beyond-journal <http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21719441-alternative-metrics-extend-concept-citation-beyond-journal>
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> All the best,
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