2015
DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.6809.1
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The Inherent Drawbacks of the Pressure to Publish in Health Sciences: Good or Bad Science

Abstract: In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of scientific publications– it is the era of “hunting the article”. This commentary discusses the drawbacks of the pressure to publish that certainly contribute to the ‘dark side’ of science. In fact, health science career progression greatly relies on the number of scientific publications a researcher has, and in many cases these may be more valorized than the health services provided. Of course, scientific publications help to develop the s… Show more

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“…Researchers have long described the pressure to publish as a contributor to the ‘dark side of science’ [ 18 ]. In biomedicine, researchers experiencing publication pressure are more likely to admit engaging in misconduct and QRPs [ 4 , 8 , 19 , 20 ].…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Researchers have long described the pressure to publish as a contributor to the ‘dark side of science’ [ 18 ]. In biomedicine, researchers experiencing publication pressure are more likely to admit engaging in misconduct and QRPs [ 4 , 8 , 19 , 20 ].…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Although generally it does not ensure the veracity of content, peer review undoubtedly increases the quality of most scientific articles 7, 8 .…”
Section: Peer Review In Higher Educationmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…This generates tens of thousands of peer‐reviewed research papers every year and drives the proliferation of new hypotheses, guides the direction of fresh research efforts, leads to the development of new treatments and so underpins further progress. However, the substantial increase in the number of scientific publications is also spurred by reasons other than the desire to communicate results to the scientific community, not least by the significance of researchers' publication output to their career progression , given the severe competition for tenured positions and research funding . The importance, if not the appropriateness , of using impact factors to rank the quality of research is well established and the most highly cited papers are published by a small number of prestigious journals .…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%