Scientific Publishing & Peer Review is not doing pretty well

‚Publish or perish‘ factor in spiralling retractions: Retractions up tenfold By Zoë Corbyn in Times Higher Education. via

Peter Lawrence, a scientist from the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, speculated that more plagiarism and better detection had pushed up the retraction rate. Blaming a culture of „publish or perish“, he said: „It’s now a desperate struggle for survival.“ He added that there was overwhelming pressure to be published in big journals: „You need to sensationalise results, be economical with rigour, and hype, hype, hype.“