The author of the article, Prestigious Science Journals Struggle to Reach Even Average Reliability, suggests that:
The underlying common assumption is that only the best scientists manage to publish in a highly selective tier of the most prestigious journals. However, data from several lines of evidence suggest that the methodological quality of scientific experiments does not increase with increasing rank of the journal. On the contrary, an accumulating body of evidence suggests the inverse: methodological quality and, consequently, reliability of published research works in several fields may be decreasing with increasing journal rank.
The full article appears in the journal, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
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