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Muddied Literature

Why does Chinese medicine have its own scientific journal, published by a "respectable" publisher, asks the University of Maryland's Steven Salzberg in Forbes. BioMed Central, a large and reputable scientific publisher, publishes Chinese Medicine, a journal that promotes studies of "Tui-na, Qi-qong, Tai Chi Quan, energy research," and other tenets of traditional Chinese medicine — in other words, Salzberg says, "nonsense." What, he asks, is this doing in a scientific journal? And why is such a "garbage journal" being published by a company like BioMed Central? "I support BMC and I'm on the editorial boards for three of their journals (BMC Biology, BMC Genomics and BMC Bioinformatics). But their corporate leaders seem to care more about expanding their stable than about maintaining the integrity of science," Salzberg says. Ancient medicine is not science and any claim the researchers publishing in such journals make of "evidence-based" theories is only a "smoke screen," he adds. Chinese Medicine, and BMC's other "pseudoscience journal," BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, "promote anti-scientific theories and otherwise muddy the literature," Salzberg says.

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