09 April 2006

"Men, Women, and Ghosts in Science" now rejected

Oops, wrote this a while ago and forgot to post it! :-P

The Editor-in-Chief of the journal Science has decided to reject controvertial paper "Men, Women, and Ghosts in Science" (Peter Lawrence) after saying he'd accept it. [original post] The paper says that men and women *do* have inherrant differences, but that they should be viewed as strengths and utilized as such. The EiC says that's all very well and good, but the article doesn't propose anything unique enough, or constructive enough, to warrant it a place in its illustrious pages. Lawrence thinks they're confusing him with Lawrence Summers. The Telegraph points out that

Science is reeling from having published two papers that contained the most notorious fraud of recent years, Prof Hwang Woo-Suk's human embryonic stem cell research.


and perhaps this fraud is making the general public more skeptical of science, so scientific journals need to do everything they can to retain public opinion and credibility.

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