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Publication Bias

"Publication Bias" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

The influence of study results on the chances of publication and the tendency of investigators, reviewers, and editors to submit or accept manuscripts for publication based on the direction or strength of the study findings. Publication bias has an impact on the interpretation of clinical trials and meta-analyses. Bias can be minimized by insistence by editors on high-quality research, thorough literature reviews, acknowledgement of conflicts of interest, modification of peer review practices, etc.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Publication Bias" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Publication Bias" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 137 publications over 24 distinct years, with a maximum of 11 publications in 2012 and 2013 and 2015
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