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F1000Res. 2013 Jan 2;2:1. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.2-1.v1. eCollection 2013.

Biased under-reporting of research reflects biased under-submission more than biased editorial rejection.

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  • 1James Lind Initiative, Summertown Pavilion, Middle Way, Oxford, OX2 7LG, UK.
  • 2Center for Clinical Trials, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 615 N. Wolfe St. Rm E6152, Baltimore, Maryland, 21205, USA.


Stephen Senn challenges Ben Goldacre's assertion in 'Bad Pharma' that biased editorial acceptance of reports with 'positive' findings is not a cause of biased under-reporting of research. We agree with Senn that biased editorial decisions may contribute to reporting bias, but Senn ignores the evidence that biased decisions by researchers to submit reports for possible publication are the main causes of the problem.

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