What is it about?
In previous analyses of acceptance rates of papers with positive and negative finders, it has been naively assumed that authors take no account of probability of acceptance when making submissions. If negative submitted papers are of higher quality than positive ones equal acceptance rates would be consistent with a bias in favour of positive studies. When studied carefully, there is some evidence that this is the case.
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Why is it important?
If what is claimed here is true, the solution to bias in favour of positive papers does not rest with author but with editors.
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This page is a summary of: Misunderstanding publication bias: editors are not blameless after all , F1000Research, December 2012, Faculty of 1000, Ltd.,
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