One morning, your friend and you go to a café and get two identical coffees. Without telling you, a barista gives you a regular coffee and your friend gets a decaf. This means you are blinded to whether your drink contains caffeine or not.
I recently had the pleasure of being asked to give feedback on a blog post on blinding in clinical trials, and how this can be done if the trial involves surgery. It was a really interesting read, highlighting how creative you have to get to conceal real versus fake surgical interventions.
For anyone interested, the full post has just been released here.
For anyone very interested, the review paper that the blog post was based upon is here.
I have had a particularly generous season of conference-spam, journal-spam and laboratory-salespitches-spam this autumn. My current spam folder contains gems such as:
- “You can attend this event from your comfort zone.”
- “I have contacted you regarding your precious manuscript submission”
- “We have gone through one of your publications which contains valuable information that guides the future research allies.”
- “We believe that our journal will get a very good reputation in scientific community with your valuable submission. “
- “This journal would offer you an enriching experience and achieve great successful endeavors”
- “A galaxy of 500+ International experts from 40+ countries will be there to share their knowledge and wisdom”
So here it is: academic spam bingo