To Publish or Not to Publish

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Science  08 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5561, pp. 1793
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5561.1793

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  • Fiat Lux

    My first feeling when I read the Science article about "sonic fusion" was doubt: as the past has taught us, we cannot trust in every result at first sight - even when published in a magazine as Science. However, I was glad to be holding that magazine with my hands: cold fusion is a human dream that was, perhaps, coming true. If not, at least, another spark had just been add to this never extinguished flame.


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  • Irresponsible Journalism

    I certainly agree with Robert Park and others that Science has acted irresponsibly here. Science knew that the result was controversial in the sense that it was unlikely to be correct, and that in fact an internal review by ORNL had cast serious doubt on the submitted paper. This has to be taken seriously.

    The general press and the public at large are very gullible and are easily influenced by sensationalist...

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