Titles and abstracts of scientific reports ignore variation among species

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Abstract

An analysis of more than 1000 research articles in biology reveals that the name of the species being studied is not mentioned in the title or abstract of many articles. Consequently, such data are not easily accessible in the PubMed database. These omissions can mislead readers about the true nature of developmental processes and delay the acceptance of valid species differences. To improve the accuracy of the scientific record, I suggest that journals should require that authors include the name of the species being studied in the title or abstract of submitted papers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere05075
Pages (from-to)e05075
JournaleLife
Volume3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

Keywords

  • D. melanogaster
  • E. coli
  • X inactivation
  • developmental biology
  • evolutionary biology
  • genomics
  • human
  • mouse
  • scientific publishing
  • species variation
  • stem cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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