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Uncensored expression may be the best way of overcoming distortion in science

Posted by plosmedicine on 31 Mar 2009 at 00:32 GMT

Author: Shi Liu
Position: President/Editor-in-Chief
Institution: Truthfinding Cyberpress
Submitted Date: October 31, 2008
Published Date: November 3, 2008
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Young et al.’s paper and the comments made so far have touched a very important issue in science today. However, how to overcome the distortion in science?
I think it is not the lack of technology or a variety of scientific journals such as those aimed at publishing negative discoveries that makes the distortion in science goes wildly in some cases at least. It is the censorship that has actually prevented a balanced view from being seen and thus protected some biased presentations.
So I urge the editors of all scientific journals to become more open-minded in accepting opinions different from “conventional wisdom” or mainstream thoughts and allow fair debates among different views.
Some journals now do open windows for comments. But the windows are often not “wide” enough to allow more than one view of expression.

Competing interests declared: I am the president of Truthfinding Cyberpress (TFCP; and editor-in-chief of its journals such as Logical Biology, Pioneer, Scientific Ethics, Top Watch, and International Medicine.
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