Conflicting biomedical assumptions for mathematical modeling: the case of cancer metastasis.
PLoS Comput Biol. 2011 Oct; 7(10):e1002132
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We believe that we know what others have claimed to have discovered, and that any important developments affecting our research area will eventually become known to us. In an elegant and original manner, Divoli et al. demonstrate that those beliefs are not supported by the evidence.
Over a million new research articles are catalogued every year by Web of Science. A non-negligible fraction of those articles would be of potential relevance to the research interest of many life-sciences scientists. Clearly we are struggling with a Library of Babel-like problem: too many potential sources where the nuggets we are looking for could be hidden.
I certainly have read many an article that cites my work in the wrong context or even uses my work to support the opposite claim from the one I made. Divoli et al. demonstrate the extent of this problem. Their work supports the need to revamp the manner in which we publish our research.
Amaral L: F1000Prime Recommendation of [Divoli A et al., PLoS Comput Biol 2011, 7(10):e1002132]. In F1000Prime, 09 Dec 2011; DOI: 10.3410/f.13383005.14750246. F1000Prime.com/13383005#eval14750246
F1000Prime Recommendations, Dissents and Comments for [Divoli A et al., PLoS Comput Biol 2011, 7(10):e1002132]. In F1000Prime, 28 Feb 2015; F1000Prime.com/13383005
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