Having a reasonably popular blog is a cool thing because at times I can do things like what I’m about to do. I’d like to start the week off with a little bit of crowdsourcing. Earlier this week, a reader wrote to me at my not-so-super-secret other blog with a request that concluded:
In short, I was wondering if…you…would be able to refer me to a scientific or psuedo-scientific article where the abstract completely misrepresents the article or the conclusion doesn’t fit the analysis/data. The reason is that I’m writing is that I’m currently in my third year at [REDACTED], and currently I’m working on my seminar paper so I can graduate. I decided to look at whether there is a reasonable fair use argument in the reproduction of an entire scientific article and at what instances prior precedent would allow it. Inherent in the argument is that a scientific paper can’t be properly excerpted without losing vital information (or that an abstract does not adequately describe the entire paper), so complete reproduction of the article is necessary to properly convey the point.
And, guess what? I like the question and want to see if you, my readers, can help this reader out. So…at the risk of being too blatant, I’ll just say that my readers are very informed and scientifically knowledgeable (well, most of them, anyway; there are, I hate to admit, trolls who are anything but well-informed and scientifically knowledgeable). Can you help another reader out and provide references that fit this reader’s request? I can think of one, but I don’t think it’s as blatant as what he has in mind. Please list your references below and briefly explain why you think the paper you mention qualifies. Heck, I might even be able to get a post out of this if there are some interesting papers that fit the description above. Flood the comments below. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a CAM study, a big pharma study, or any other study. All it has to be is a study in the peer-reviewed biomedical literature.
Finally, fear not. There will be some Insolence coming your way later today.