publication bias(redirected from Drawer effect)
publication bias(pŭb″lĭ-kā′shŭn) [L. publicare, to confiscate, make public]
The tendency of professional journals to publish and report the results of research trials that show a large positive clinical effect. Studies that demonstrate no association between variables or those that show neutral effects are less likely to be published or reported.
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publication biasThe tendency to publish reports of research that appears to support a hypothesis and to refrain from publishing findings that do not, thereby creating opinions about the truth of the hypothesis that may be unduly optimistic.
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