Unpaid and often unrecognized, peer reviewers are the unsung backbone of academia. But on the 7-year-old website Publons, reviewers are coming out the woodwork, using the platform to publish their reviews and identify their work. This open peer review model ought to become…

The Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is contending with deep distrust and rumors spreading online, writes Vittoria Elliott.   On one Facebook page with 230,000 members, users both ridicule disbelief in Ebola and fan conspiracy theories that it doesn’t…

An ethnography on “breastaurants” and research on dog park rape were among the 7 papers published in a research hoax aimed at identity-related fields, like gender and queer studies. The pranksters say their year-long sting revealed how the “grievance studies” fields  “…

Researchers are using the principles of biological vaccines to administer small doses of fake news in the hope of building immunity against the tactics of bogus content-makers. The online game—now available to play—uses the psychological theory of inoculation to build up…

The public’s growing distrust in science, boosted by the spread of “fake news,” threatens to drown out the experts on vital public health tools like vaccines, write Heidi Larson and Peter Piot. Citing examples of pushback against science that helped fuel health crises…

In information wars, the conflict isn’t always between “real” and “fake” news, but between facts and values, writes David Scales in “French Lessons,” his aptly-titled piece about chronic Lyme disease for Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting.  

Evidence-based medicine advocates have spent years developing tools and techniques to fight back against false information around health and health care. VOX writer Julia Belluz recently explored the lessons these advocates have learned and how their experience can bolster…

The International Agency for Research on Cancer’s largest funding stream is at risk amid attacks from the chemical lobby and U.S. Republicans who discount the organization’s work as “scaremongering” and “fake news.”   President Trump’s FY2018 budget would cut nearly 1/5 of…

In a pointed BMJ commentary published yesterday, Gary Schwitzer, publisher of HealthNewsReview.org, urges upstream efforts against fake health news.  

On the heels of last year’s Zika outbreak came an equally severe outbreak of false news about the disease. Using the keywords “Zika” and “virus,” University of Wisconsin and Tulane University researchers analyzed 200 highly shared Facebook posts. 12% boasted misinformation…