Communicating health risks in science publications: time for everyone to take responsibility

Freeman, Alexandra L J 
Spiegelhalter, David J 

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Abstract Research that is poorly communicated or presented is as potentially damaging as research that is poorly conducted or fraudulent. Recent examples illustrate how the problem often lies with researchers, not press officers or journalists. The quest for publication and ‘impact’ must not outweigh the importance of accurate representation of science; herein, we suggest steps that researchers, journalists and press officers can take to help ensure this.

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BioMed Central