There is an excellent article on publication bias in Slate today. There is no question that a number of biases affect what gets published and what doesn’t. Some are good (not publishing bad studies), some are bad (not publishing studies that disprove a pet theory) and some are ambiguous (not publishing papers that “aren’t interesting”). The big questions are which biases have the biggest impact on what makes its way into print, and how do you take that into account when evaluating the literature.
Read the Slate article here.