BiographyScott A. Mogull is an Associate Professor of scientific and technical communication in the Department of English at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. His research focuses on scientific and medical communication, scientific communication ethics, and commercialization of scientific technology. He has published research in the fields of microbiology, technical communication, medical writing, and medical rhetoric. For nearly a decade, Mogull has worked in the biotechnology, biodefense, and molecular diagnostics industry as a scientific communicator, product manager, marketing manager, and coordinator of global technical information. Since 2008, he has been on the editorial board of Technical Communication Quarterly the journal of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW).
Accuracy of cited “facts” in medical research articles: A review of study methodology and recalculation of quotation error rate
Published: Apr 04, 2018 by PLOS ONE
Authors: Scott A. Mogull
Subjects: Research Methods & Statistics, Communications Studies, Research Methods
Researchers citing the scientific and medical literature inaccurately summarize previous research in 14.5% of their referenced summary statements. That means that 14.5% of cited references, or “facts,” in the scientific and medical literature are incorrect. These errors are predominantly, 64.8% major errors in which the referenced source either fails to substantiate, is unrelated to, or contradicts the assertion.