Ok…one more post! The Fun Police’s first article

Posted on June 16, 2015


Just continuing where we left off!

Please read “The Story that wasn’t one” on The Fun Police website (direct link).

youloveit_ru_odnagdy_v_skazke_kartinki31I was asked last week by Sense about Science to comment on a paper that was recently published in 
something called Jacobs Journal of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. Never heard of that journal? Indeed, neither did I.  It turns out that this is one of the open access journals that features prominently on Beall’s list of predatory, or in other words if-you-pay-we-will-publish-anything, journals. That’s not a great start for any scientific paper, and usually implies it was rejected by any number of better, peer-reviewed, scientific journals. But let’s not be too hasty to judge the paper before reading it, after all, through some miraculous mechanism of science dissemination this paper got picked up by the Daily Mail and thus read by quite a lot of people. It’s a paper by Busby and de Messieres entitled ‘Cancer near Trawsfynydd Nuclear Power Station in Wales, UK: A Cross-Sectional Cohort Study” and, according to the Daily Mail, proves that living close to a nuclear power station, or more specifically downwind from one, is associated with massively increased cancer risks. The strongest risk found for female breast cancer with a five times higher risk than expected. So that’s quite serious….

if it is true of course……

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