NYT: Perils of “Bite Size” Science

Marco Bertamini (psychologist at the University of Liverpool) and Marcus R. Munafo (psychologist at the University of Bristol), writing in the New York Times, question the wisdom of sliced-and-diced science article publishing, the tendency among some scholars and researchers to get out the door the smallest publishable unit (with the result of adding more publications to the CV), also known as “salami publishing.”

They refute some the claims made on behalf of publishing a greater number of smaller articles, and note that the practice raises questions about the quality of the science (smaller articles may not reflect adequate replication, they have a smaller sample size, they are prone to publication bias).

“The Perils of ‘Bite Size’ Science” is available on line.


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