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Video clip: Kay points out that journals may ask for more data to be collected to make the ‘story complete’. This may be difficult if the research team is relatively small.

Yes, somebody said that quite often reviewers come back saying that they want you to do some more data collection, is that something that’s you’ve noticed more frequently?

The request to almost write another paper in order to get the first paper published is getting worse and has really accelerated over the last five to ten years. And I think that has really played to men who have really big groups and women, at least there aren’t enough women at the top to have really big groups and, you know, I’ve never had more than a group of twenty and I’ve got a group of ten now. So it’s quite difficult to have an army of people working on things and I think the fact that we’ve now got open access journals and that your work can be well cited if you put it out there, will change that landscape.

Why do you think reviewers are asking for more and more data before they’ll publish the initial paper?

Because they believe that it will make, it’s in the interests of the journal to make the story complete but it’s actually, in the interests of the scientific community to get the data out there and I think there’s been a blurring of that distinction.

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