Spinning Abstracts
A recent medicine study called attention to exaggerations of findings in abstracts. Do we have the same problem in soc?

We discuss a recent paper from Samuel Jellison and colleagues in BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine, “Evaluation of Spin in Abstracts of Papers in Psychiatry and Psychology Journals”, which found that published research in their field routinely use rhetorical tactics to magnify the purported strengths and impact of one’s findings. We discuss whether the practice is common in sociology, and whether it is a problem.

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By Mykl Roventine – https://www.flickr.com/photos/myklroventine/3405291415/, CC BY 2.0, Link

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