Minimizing mistakes and embracing uncertainty

PLoS Med. 2005 Aug;2(8):e272. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0020272. Epub 2005 Aug 30.


Scientific truth is a moving target. Journals must apply rigorous standards, but publication of data and conclusions before they are proven true is part of the research enterprise.

Publication types

  • Comment
  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Humans
  • Peer Review, Research
  • Publication Bias*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Research Design
  • Research*
  • Uncertainty*