Some innovations make easier to get open access versions of paywalled articles. But for-profit publishers want to keep readers dependent on paywalled articles and pay for access.
Readers deserve an informative abstract, but uninformative abstracts that leave out key details of a study can often succeed in getting published in prestigious journals.
Null trial of cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis given positive spin in British Journal of Psychiatry
Study of cognitive behavioral therapy for schizophrenia with null findings spun as positive in British Journal of Psychiatry
An analysis of an uninformative, seriously spun abstract chosen from PLOS One shows why we need guidelines for writing and interpreting abstracts. With so much to read, and so little time, readers need to be able to quickly screen abstracts and decide whether articles are worth putting further effort into retrieving them. More informative, trustworthy […]