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Government-Funded Science Journal Admits Over 2,600 of its Papers May Have ‘Exaggerated Claims’

By Eric Lendrum
August 23, 2023

A top science journal that receives funding from the federal government was recently forced to admit that well over 2,000 of the research papers it has published contain “exaggerated claims.”

As Just The News reports, over 2,600 papers from the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) peer-reviewed journal Science were closely scrutinized by rival research journal Scientometrics. In the subsequent study, it was determined that, from 1997 to 2021, the journal saw a 40% drop in the use of “hedging” words.

In scientific research and other forms of academic writing, “hedging” words refers to terms and phrases such as “could” or “appear to,” in order to provide some room for doubt rather than depict absolute confidence. In 1997, there were roughly 115.8 examples of hedging for every 10,000 words. However, by 2021, that rate had fallen to just 67.42 per every 10,000.

Responding to the criticism, the news division of Science acknowledged that this new research “suggests a worrisome rise of unreliable, exaggerated claims.”

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“Less hedging may reflect a subtle strategy by authors to sell their results to editors and readers as an alternative to explicit exaggeration,” Scientonomics continued in their report.

Most recently, AAAS published numerous works that were overwhelmingly skeptical of theories claiming that the COVID-19 pandemic originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China, going so far as label the suggestion “a conspiracy theory.”

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Source:  https://amgreatness.com/2023/08/23/government-funded-science-journal-admits-over-2600-of-its-papers-may-have-exaggerated-claims/

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A top science journal that receives funding from the federal government ...
Is this really necessary?
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That is a VERY big "Admit".
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2,600 bogus "papers" ??

It's probably double or triple that number !

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A top science journal that receives funding from the federal government...

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One of those little articles that comes out, is read, and is filed away without much fanfare.

But think about this for a minute. Basically a lot we know, or rather think we know - is pure BS. Our understanding of reality is highly skewed ato the point of delusional fairy tales in some situations.

No I don't think it's accidental and yes it has big implications on our society.
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One of those little articles that comes out, is read, and is filed away without much fanfare.

But think about this for a minute. Basically a lot we know, or rather think we know - is pure BS. Our understanding of reality is highly skewed ato the point of delusional fairy tales in some situations.

No I don't think it's accidental and yes it has big implications on our society.

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One of those little articles that comes out, is read, and is filed away without much fanfare.

But think about this for a minute. Basically a lot we know, or rather think we know - is pure BS. Our understanding of reality is highly skewed ato the point of delusional fairy tales in some situations.

No I don't think it's accidental and yes it has big implications on our society.

The problem is that virtually every scientific publication has some stack of prior studies it is built on, and, unless those studies' conclusions are verified, quoting those studies might only be stacking a house of cards. Once a flawed conclusion gets into the mix, it can snowball through subsequent studies, basing conclusions on the conclusions of the flawed study.

Pretty soon, like Anthropogenic Global Warming/Climate Change, the error is endemic, not just in the journals but right down to kid cartoons.
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One of those little articles that comes out, is read, and is filed away without much fanfare.

But think about this for a minute. Basically a lot we know, or rather think we know - is pure BS. Our understanding of reality is highly skewed ato the point of delusional fairy tales in some situations.

No I don't think it's accidental and yes it has big implications on our society.

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