What Came First, the Suicidal Chicken or the Effexor Egg? Iatrogenic Comorbidity Explained.

  “Iatrogenic comorbidity” is one of those jargon phrases that makes me want to run far far away from research.  To me, it’s code for this is an article for those who have letters after their name and if you don’t you’re too plebian to understand. For regular folk, it’s a term that’s difficult to…
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Fangirling over Michael P. Hengartner and Prophylactic Effects

  I was scrolling through Twitter when I came across a tweet by Michael P. Hengartner, PhD that read, “In my new open access paper, I critically discuss whether long-term antidepressant use has prophylactic effects, ie., whether long-term use effectively protects against depression relapses and why we must consider withdrawal reactions…” Hengartner is one of…
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5 Things I Wish I Was Told About Packing Before Traveling Around the World for a Year

Note from Brooke: This is an updated post originally written in November of 2016, when I was traveling around the world.   Now that I’m four countries and nearly three months into my Remote Year experience, I’ve been doing this long enough to realize that everything I did to prepare for this trip was wrong. Everything I packed? Wrong.…
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What exactly is a “peer reviewed” article?

When people describe legitimate research, they tend to preface it with the term “peer review.” Because peer review is a critical part of scholarly publishing, it’s worth taking a few hundred words and diving into its meaning. What is peer review? Peer review is exactly what it sounds like: academic peers review an individual’s work…
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Where to Find Scientific Research Papers (and How to Tell if They’re Legit), Part II

Click here for Part One of Where to Find Scientific Research Papers (and How to Know if They’re Legit).   Yesterday, I wrote about predatory journals. I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised to learn that there are shitty people in the research world who get off on exploiting academics and undermining science, but I…
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You Need to Know About Predatory Journals

  I’ve been feeling dejected since yesterday’s post. In fact, the whole research system has got me down. Let me be clear: I am not against research or science concept. What I am frustrated with, like everyone else, is the fucking system. This all began when I came across something called predatory journals during my…
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