How common is “Junk articles” in mainstream medical journals
Posted May 28 2010 8:10am
There are about 5000 medical journals , churning out tens of thousands of articles every month .Most of these papers come from developed world where publication is made mandatory to get a medical degree . So it is not surprising to find proliferation of medical journals .
Publishing a paper is strictly monitored by a peer reviewing system in most journals . But , it is also a fact an article rejected out right by a journal , invariably appear in some other journal.
There is a joke going around among medical researchers, if it is difficult to get your article published in a journal , you start your own journal . . .It is much easier !
Where is the problem ?
Further , bulk of current day research work is sponsored by drug and device companies .It is possible these papers may have 100% acceptance rate.
Even in this scenario , it is heartening to find occasional excellent academic treasures and landmark research articles .
How common is irrelevant , pseudo , futile , clinical research articles published in medical journals today ?
I agree , I have prejudiced view on this issue . I would like to know am I really wrong ? What is your take on this issue ?