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Sometimes, peer review doesn’t work…

December 9, 2010

Not that I necessarily have a better solution, but it can be fun to point out the gross failures of peer review.  Here’s one such example – a doctor who “reinvented” the first week of calculus class, named the technique after herself, and got a peer reviewed paper with a mountain of citations.

The fact that she was able to make the mistake in the first place is worrisome.  The fact that it passed peer review is deeply troubling.  The fact that it is still getting citations is downright terrifying.

For further hilarity, read the full paper, complete with responses, and the author’s absolutely absurd rebuttal.


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