Not only did scientists take a big hit from the buffoonery of global warming, but here’s one that missed the mainstream media: Merck published a fake journal through Elsevier, a well-respected scientific publisher, as peer-reviewed and unbiased:
Merck paid an undisclosed sum to Elsevier to produce several volumes of a publication that had the look of a peer-reviewed medical journal, but contained only reprinted or summarized articles–most of which presented data favorable to Merck products–that appeared to act solely as marketing tools with no disclosure of company sponsorship.
And there’s more. A couple of grad students sent a purportedly-peer reviewed article to an Open Access scientific journal that was written by a computer program. They did it to test the system, hoping it would be rejected as jibberish.
It was accepted (if they agreed to pay $800).
And don’t forget the H1N1 debacle–not enough of the vaccine and did it work?
What’s up with scientists? Have they lost their minds? They’re the Tiger Woods of the academic community–destroying their glittering reputation in one short year. We could blame Obama–he’s not known for his staunch trust in science–but there’s more to it than that. This is self-inflicted.
Rasmussen reported that more than half of Americans believed it was likely scientists falsified the global warming data. It was just last July that the public praised scientists, with an 84% favorable rating.