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Date:4/21/2010

the time of the inventory, and any subsequent work in relation with the submitted article was done on his own personal time.

Contacts:
Anne Guezou
Charles Darwin Foundation, Puerto Ayora, Galapagos, Ecuador,
anne.guezou@fcdarwin.org.ec

Jen Laloup
Public Library of Science
jlaloup@plos.org
415-624-1220

Citation: Guezou A, Trueman M, Buddenhagen CE, Chamorro S, Guerrero AM, et al. (2010) An Extensive Alien Plant Inventory from the Inhabited Areas of Galapagos. PLoS ONE 5(4): e10276. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010276

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Do Pressures to Publish Increase Scientists' Bias? An Empirical Support from US States Data

Abstract

Background: The growing competition and "publish or perish" culture in academia might conflict with the objectivity and integrity of research, because it forces scientists to produce "publishable" results at all costs. Papers are less likely to be published and to be cited if they report "negative" results (results that fail to support the tested hypothesis). Therefore, if publication pressures increase scientific bias, the frequency of "positive" results in the literature should be higher in the more competitive and "productive" academic environments.

Methods: This study verified this hypothesis by measuring the frequency of positive results in a large random sample of papers with a corresponding author based in the US. Across all disciplines, pa
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Contact: Jen Laloup
jlaloup@plos.org
415-624-1220
Public Library of Science
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