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Meta-analyses and the Editorial Love of Controversy : Volume 14, Issue 1 (24/06/2014)

By Heleno, R. H.

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Title: Meta-analyses and the Editorial Love of Controversy : Volume 14, Issue 1 (24/06/2014)  
Author: Heleno, R. H.
Volume: Vol. 14, Issue 1
Language: English
Subject: Science, Ecology
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection (Contemporary), Copernicus GmbH
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2014
Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
Member Page: Copernicus Publications

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Description: Centre for Functional Ecology, Department of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra, Calçada Martim de Freitas 3000-456, Coimbra, Portugal. Meta-analyses are a most valuable tool to overcome the experimental constraints and often idiosyncratic responses typical in ecology. Nevertheless, competition for space in scientific journals increases editorial scrutiny, with editors frequently rejecting papers without outstanding novel results that challenge established paradigms. Whilst legitimate and generally healthy for the advance of science, this intrinsic love of controversy violates the independent accumulation of evidence required for conclusive meta-analyses, likely increasing the probability of false negatives and hindering our capacity to identify general rules in ecology.

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Meta-analyses and the editorial love of controversy

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