Scientists Claims Small Group Barring Stem Cell Publications
February 2, 2010
Robin Lovell-Badge and Austin Smith of the University of Cambridge have separately come forward to discuss the issue.
“It’s turning things into a clique where only papers that satisfy this select group of a few reviewers who think of themselves as very important people in the field is published,” Lovell-Badge said.
“You can get a lot of hype over a paper published on stem cell research that’s actually a minimal advance in knowledge whereas the poor person that is doing beautiful research that is not catching the eye of the editor, you don’t get to hear about that, even though it could be the world changing piece of research.”
“It’s hard to believe except you know it’s happened to you that papers have been held up for months and months by reviewers asking for experiments that are not fair or relevant,” Smith added in his own interview.
“The issue here is all about public funding because you have to get these papers published to be able to get your next grant. It could be worth half a million pounds. It can be difficult for people in that position to be objective.”
Several journals have denied these allegations, such as Nature, which claims that there is no favoritism based on studies.