Quick Thoughts

The pitfalls of complaining about those in power: the Committee on Publication Ethics’ handling of an authorship dispute unsatisfactorily resolved by a university

We shouldn’t expect any other outcome when a former PhD student complains to COPE. Note how the university stacked the deck in defining rules for how these disputes are resolved.

Rising early career female academics and second-to-last authorship

Are female early career academics getting less credit for work done on behalf of (usually male) faculty  who get unearned senior authorship?

Conflict of interest in manuscript peer-review: Expert opinions

Discussion of a recent court case concerning a peer reviewer who failed to disclose a conflict of interest has broader application.

What to look for in the Special Issue of Journal of Health Psychology concerning the PACE trial

A Special issue of Journal of Health Psychology concerns PACE, a trial of therapies for patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) that has attracted a great deal of controversy

Last ditch attempt to block publication of special issue of Journal of Health Psychology foiled

Publication of the special issue of Journal of Health Psychology will go forward as planned on Monday July 31.

Misconduct in an author’s nomination of reviewers for his manuscript

An author, Kjell Gundro Brurberg  appealed the rejection of his manuscript. He was offered an opportunity to nominate additional reviewers, but to ensure they did not have conflicts of interest. What happened next…

Asserting privilege: PACE investigators’ request that their manuscript not be peer reviewed or receive replies

After demanding parts of an article published in the Journal of Health Psychology be retracted, the PACE investigators requested their response be published without peer review and with no comments allowed.

Should authors declare a conflict of interest because they suffer from the illness they are writing about?

Some researchers issued a novel demand for correction of an undeclared conflict of interest stemming from the author of a criticism of their work being persons who suffered from the illness targeted by their intervention.

My peer review of a PACE investigators’ article that the authors refused to heed

OK, Michael Sharpe, I get it that 400 peer reviewed publications don't qualify me as a reviewer of your paper, I am just not seasoned enough. but could you show me what you look for in a reviewer worthy of evaluating your manuscript?

Is your manuscript ready for uberized readers and radically changed journal websites?

Publishers are spending millions revamping journal websites. What were formerly simple portals where you accessed articles are being radically redesigned as online content delivery platforms. How does that affect your submission of manuscripts?

A cranky elite fighting the inevitable: Tired old arguments in NEJM against data sharing

 Inspired by a tweet from Vinay Prasad Are controversies about data sharing a matter of an established elite with expertise not possessed elsewhere versus an unwashed “democratic” group who couldn’t understand how to use the data if they obtained them? Are those calling for routine data sharing motivated to misrepresent what the elite experts have […]

Why I am formally requesting the data set from a Cochrane review

Why I took the extraordinary step of requesting data from a Cochrane individual participant level meta-analysis