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Science Fact or Science Fiction: Should Peer Review Stop Plagiarism, Bias or Fraud?

Elsevier/Sense About Science
Room 2, Austin Pearce Building, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH, UK
8 September 2009 10am-12midday

A discussion at the British Science Festival of what peer review does for science, and whether it can and/or should detect fraud and misconduct.

Tracey Brown (Managing Director of Sense About Science), James Randerson (editor of the Environment section of the Guardian website) and John McConnell (Founding Editor of The Lancet Infectious Diseases) will discuss the findings of the Sense About Science 2009 Peer Review Survey, and whether peer review can help the public and the media understand the status of scientific claims.

The attendance fee is £5. To register, use this online form or contact Kate Sinclair at Bias or Fraud? or on +44 (0)20 7019 4947.

Find out more about peer review in How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-Based Medicine by Trisha Greenhalgh (buy this book from Amazon UK or Amazon USA) and The Trouble With Medical Journals by Richard Smith (buy this book from Amazon UK or Amazon USA).

Further details of this event are available on the British Science Festival website.