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Both clinical behavior and journal editorial decisions are often based on scientific abstracts alone rather than a consideration of the entire study and data. Consequently, any deviations between the content of these abstracts and the actual data — here referred to as “spin” — can distort the impact of the scientific literature. This 2019 paper assessed the frequency and nature of spin in the titles and abstracts of psychiatry research as one form of such distortion, finding that more than half of all psychiatric papers surveyed have titles and/or abstracts that do not accurately reflect the study results and instead present a neutral or negative finding as positive.

Read MoreEvaluation of spin in abstracts of papers in psychiatry and psychology journals

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