Scientists unknowingly tweak experiments – P-Hacking

It is the pressure to publish which pushes the researchers to get indulged in reporting only positive results


A new study has found some scientists are unknowingly tweaking experiments and analysis methods to increase their chances of getting results that are easily published.There is increasing concern that many published results are false positives.Many argue that current scientific practices create strong incentives to publish statistically significant (i.e., “positive”) results, and there is good evidence that journals, especially prestigious ones with higher impact factors, disproportionately publish statistically significant results.

Emma Granqvist, a Publisher for plant sciences with Elsevier, says why science needs to publish negative results; she says it is a necessity to reduce the positive bias in the scientific literature. There are few journals which are dedicated to publish negative results, for example, New Negatives in Plant ScienceJournal of Negative Results in Biomedicine and Journal of Negative Results.


In the recent years, there has been a lot of debate over peer-review and how it never…

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