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‘Peer Reviewed’ Label Fraudulently Used on Scientific Literature

Attaching to scientific literature the the label of “peer reviewed” is a common practice among usual suspects to lend legitimacy to their pseudoscience and storytelling.

A prime example is literature related to transgenderism created by the World Professional Association of Transgender Health. Once a false body of work is spewed forth, perps and their lugenpresse cronies go to their favorite canard and call skeptics “deniers.” They are also supported by liberal grants from other sketchy characters. The New Nationalist (TNN) discussed this topic here.

Quentin Van Meter, M.D., FCP, is a pediatric endocrinologist who explains the method as applied to transgenderism. Recently, Van Meter was harassed and prevented from speaking at the University of Western Australia by a brood of pervert justice warriors (PJW).

Unfortunately, the “peer review” fraud has corrupted a whole body of so-called scientific literature. The journal Tumor Biology is retracting 107 research papers after discovering that the authors faked the peer-review process. This isn’t the journal’s first rodeo. Late last year, 58 papers were retracted from seven different journals — and 25 came from Tumor Biology for the same reason.

The publisher Springer in August 2015 retracted 64 articles from 10 different subscription journals “after editorial checks spotted fake email addresses, and subsequent internal investigations uncovered fabricated peer-review reports,” according to a statement on its website. The retractions came only months after BioMed Central, an open-access publisher also owned by Springer, retracted 43 articles for the same reason. This prompted the New England Journal of Medicine to weigh in on what it called the “hacking” of the scientific publishing process.

In 2005, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) created a software program called SCIgen that randomly combined strings of words to generate fake computer science papers. The objective of the exercise was to prove that the peer-review process was fundamentally flawed and the conferences and journals would accept meaningless papers. Scigen caught numerous culprits with their pants down.

In November 2014, Nature, the international weekly journal of science, published an article about “peer-review rings” in which peer-reviewers colluded to review each other’s work — and provide glowing reviews, of course.

Peer-review fraud is perfectly suited for ideological agendas. Authors are often asked to suggest potential reviewers for their own papers. This is done because research subjects are often an in-group niche, and a researcher working in a sub-sub-field may be more aware than the journal editor of who is best placed to assess the work.

But some journals go further and request, or allow, authors to submit the contact details of these potential reviewers. If the editor isn’t aware of the potential for a scam, they then merrily send the requests for review out to fake email addresses, often using the names of actual researchers. At the other end of the fake email address is someone who’s in on the game and happy to send in a friendly review. The editor may even be in on the game as well.

A website called Retraction Watch tracks the peer-review process and fraudulent science. It has discovered that individuals who have high retraction numbers are often unaffected in their career path. In other words, cheating pays. This hints at wink-wink dishonesty and gaming in the science professions generally. Researchers who commit scientific fraud are protected by privacy laws.

Even when a work is retracted, it frequently continues to be heavily cited by others. Notice the first article on Visfatin. It was retracted in 2007 after having been cited 276 times. However, after retraction, it was cited 942 more times.

In fields like psychology, low-effort frauds are much more difficult to detect when the results are statistical. One of the most monumental scientific frauds of all times was perped by Albert Kinsey in his sex “studies.” See “Albert Kinsey: The Lying Godfather of Fraudulent Sexual Research.” All of this agenda-driven “data” is locked up to this day and not subject to any scrutiny.

4 Comments on ‘Peer Reviewed’ Label Fraudulently Used on Scientific Literature

  1. Worth reading. Janov claims to be jewish, but does not have the mainstream zionist air to him.

    “In this frame of mind comes reliance on fate and chance. What happens to us we believe to be in the hands of a higher power, whether deity or government. When we defer to external regulation of our own lives and minimize the value of personal efforts in affecting problems, the result is government by the cognoscenti, rule by a knowing elite that knows best what is best for us. War itself is then left by us to fate….and to the elite.”

  2. I think even Primal Scream author Arthur Janov would be destroyed by the PJW in today’s climate, not for being anti-gay/lgbt as he wasn’t, but that he believed primal therapy could cure homosexuality.
    Been a huge fan since birth of Tears for Fears “Songs from the Big Chair” album which is heavily laced with Janov’s psychology. Have a listen to the extended version of Shout.
    Also used heavily in the Jdar downvoted movie Donnie Darko.

  3. This has been a problem since 1900, and beyond. Perversion of the sciences in more ways than one and most of all, the fallacy of the appeal to authority is used. Bringing us the wonderful US health system where god made foods such as cooked pork and beef are derided for pseudoscience and agriculture subsidies. Just this morning some “expert” on our local ABC affiliate said that coconut oil was the devil and would give you heart disease. Much of the science today is not true science, it is scientism, and its cultists all carry hammers looking for nails. Ending the funding to this type of anti-intellectual dogma is going to be very hard I’m afraid.

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