Thursday, April 18, 2019
More to come
The Zhang lab in China has more than one problematic article. I will be spending time on the others as I am able. My initial motivation to continue to pursue the matter came from the initial realization that 1) this was a set of researchers who were not interested in a cooperative dialog, and more importantly a willingness to share data and analyses, and 2) that there was at least one faulty article I apparently reviewed and recommended for rejection that got published anyway. The peer review system is not exactly the sort of line of defense against questionable research practices and poor reporting that is often portrayed in textbooks. In principle, research that falls outside the usual US/EU confines is to be encouraged. In practice, that research needs to be rigorous (regardless of its location, and regardless of the sample).