OH NY GOD…READ THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In economic theory the winner’s curse refers to the idea that
someone who places the winning bid in an auction may have paid too
much…The same thing may be happening in scientific publishing, according
to a new analysis. With so many scientific papers chasing so few pages
in the most prestigious journals, the winners could be the ones most
likely to oversell themselves–to trumpet dramatic or important results
that later turn out to be false. This would produce a distorted picture
of scientific knowledge, with less dramatic (but more accurate) results
either relegated to obscure journals or left unpublished.
My colleague Omar Al-Ubaydli was part of this work. Fortunately, it is mentioned on the very cover of the magazine. Nonetheless I believe it is true and it is most true for "hot" fields. The original paper is here.