Episode 017 Reading Scientific Papers with Kym Fasczewski, PhD

In this episode I bring back Dr. Kym Fasczewski from Appalachian State University to help explain what you will find in a scientific journal article.  What do terms like "double-blind" mean and whay makes it important?  What is a p-value?  Basically we want to give you a primer on reading peer-reviewed researched.  While we talk about statistics, we are not going to make you calculate any.  We also talk about how to spot fake scientific journals; these are journals where there is little to no review.  In fact we discuss how someone pulled the wool over the media's eyes using such a journal.

Here are some links that either we referenced or I thought might be helpful.

Research Gate is a website that allows scientists to post scientific papers.  Access is free.

PubMed is a site run by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that allows you to search for journal articles based on search terms.  However, you are likely only going to get access to abstracts of papers on this site.

Scholar.google.com is similar to PubMed in that you can search for papers, but it does a poorer job of separating out legitimate sources from less legitimate sources.  However, if you find a paper in PubMed and entire the entire title of the paper in Scholar.Google.Com you might be able to find the entire paper for free.

Statistical Thinking has an in-depth article on issues with p values.  

MethodsMan has some good articles as well.  This specific one is about the issue of replication in the medical field.

How to read a scientific paper by Adam Ruben of ScienceMag.org

My take on how to read a scientific paper published in Performance Conditioning.

Last, here is a link to Dr. Fasczewski's bio at the Appalachian State University website (Go Mountaineers!, your host earned a master's degree from Appalachian State).