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zondag 13 februari 2011

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Vincent, thank you for a fantastic interview with David Tuller. You were mentioning Dr Mikovits presenting her data to an audience but not publishing. Of what many people hear, WPI and Judy has a very very difficult time publishing. I have heard she has many papers in her drawer that she can't publish. Why, I wonder would that happen?

"I can't speculate on why Dr. Mikovits cannot publish her findings. But

here is how publication of scientific work proceeds: you write up your

findings and submit it to an appropriate journal. If it is a high

profile journal (Science, Nature, Cell) it might not be sent out for

peer review. If it is, they may reject the paper because the data do

not support the conclusions, or they may ask for additional work.

Unfortunately, the decisions at many journals are made by editors who

work for the journals, and who are not intimately familiar with the

research. In some cases, scientists are responsible for all decisions

on manuscripts. For example, Journal of Virology reviews most

submitted manuscripts, and the reviews are done by scientists. The

editors are working virologists who make the final decision on the

paper. If a paper is reviewed and rejected, it can be sent to another

journal. If it is reviewed and more work is requested, that can be

done, or else the authors can argue why the work is not needed. In any

case, there are many journals where the results of virology research

can be submitted; there is no reason for manuscripts to sit in a

drawer. If you are persistent, you can get your work published."

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