Quick Thoughts

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.

Global expert on distant and faith healing chaired PACE Data Monitoring and Ethics Committee

Paul Dieppe, the initial Chair of Data Monitoring and Ethics Committee for the PACE trial is also renowned as a “leading global voice in the understanding and advancement of energy/ spiritual healing.”

“1 in 2 cancer patients significantly distressed”? Fake news from Psycho-Oncology

Study in Wiley journal Psycho-Oncology generates fake facts to promote cancer as a mental health problem and portray cancer patients in need of mandatory screening for distress.

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.

A skeptical look at a study of acupuncture delivered in emergency rooms [updated]

Why an expensive, flawed, misrepresented trial of acupuncture in emergency rooms provided no evidence that acupuncture is effective in controlling pain.

The tyranny of self-care: this year’s model of compulsive happiness?

"Just like positive thinking, advocating self-care has become yet another way to blame women for not fitting into the cheerful, uncomplaining, compliant, utterly in control stereotype that keeps everyone else calm and happy."

Evaluating personality and social psychology research as clinical trials

We could better keep bad science out of an already untrustworthy literature if there were clearer and more widely disseminated standards for conducting and reporting research

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?

Finding your redemptive self to become a workshop guru: Only in America?

Acceptance and commitment therapy’s Kelly Wilson and power poseur Amy Cuddy: What do they have in common?

NICE guidelines are discrepant with meta analyses and based on political considerations: An exchange

Are NICE guidelines often based on political considerations and discrepant with the results of meta-analyses and other best evidence?