Worsening file-drawer problem in the abstracts of natural, medical and social science databases

  title={Worsening file-drawer problem in the abstracts of natural, medical and social science databases},
  author={Marco Pautasso},
The file-drawer problem is the tendency of journals to preferentially publish studies with statistically significant results. The problem is an old one and has been documented in various fields, but to my best knowledge there has not been attention to how the issue is developing in a quantitative way through time. In the abstracts of various major scholarly databases (Science and Social Science Citation Index (1991–2008), CAB Abstracts and Medline (1970s–2008), the file drawer problem is… CONTINUE READING
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