Thoreau offers without qualification some complaints about a paper in a glamour journal, ending with:
All of this might have been excusable if the big flashy Glamour Journal paper had been followed up with more detailed papers in other places (a common practice in some fields). However, when I searched to see what the authors have done since and whether they’ve cited that paper, the only places I found them citing their own paper was in papers only marginally related to the work published in the glitzy place. So there was no follow-up, just something that was trendy enough to get into a flashy place.
This is a problem that has existed for years– I remember doing literature searches on paper in my undergrad days, trying in vain to locate the forthcoming paper-with-technical-details promised in some journal article. Which makes this a good topic for a poll, because I bet Thoreau and I aren’t the only ones who have had this experience:
I have a bunch more to say about this, but it won’t fit within the page limit of this blog post, so look for a forthcoming article on the subject Real Soon Now.