Even scientists don’t always publish things that are verified.
- A website called PubPeer, for example, lists lots of academic journal articles that have been published after they’ve gone through rigorous peer-reviews. The site allows other researchers, not just reviewers, to look at the studies and critique them, the process of which seemed to have found many flaws in a number of studies. The Vox article titled “Why you can’t always believe what you read in scientific journals” explains what happened.
- Another website, Retraction Watch, lists out many academic studies that have been retracted after they’ve been published.
- This Washington Post article, “Major publisher retracts 43 scientific papers amid wider fake peer-review scandal,” tells us about the problem of fake reviews in the science publishing.
- This io9 article titled “I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here’s How” walks you through the steps a science journalist has taken to manipulate the scientific data and trick the news media. I personally think the “experiment” described in the article vividly illustrates how gullible both journalists and news audience are.
- A chemistry teacher in UK created this helpful information graphic titled “A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science,” which I believe would help you assess the credibility of news reports that deal with science.