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- Overall, we rate the Cureus Journal of Medical Science as a mild pseudoscience journal based on publishing poor studies that require retractions. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to failed fact checks.
Bias Rating: PSEUDOSCIENCE
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Journal
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2009 as PeerEMed, the Cureus Journal of Medical Science is an open-access general medical journal covering health and medicine. According to their about page, “Based in San Francisco, California, Cureus leverages the power of an online, crowdsourced community platform to share and promote published medical knowledge around the world.”
Funded by / Ownership
Cureus Inc. owns and publishes the journal and website. Advertising and editing fees generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
The Cureus Journal of Medical Science is an open-access online medical journal that allows researchers to publish studies faster than traditional peer-reviewed journals. Its peer-review process involves asking experts to review a given article in a few days.
According to Retraction Watch, “The journal Cureus has issued expressions of concern for a whopping 55 papers whose authorship has come into question.” They also point out that “Cureus has retracted 15 papers, including three on Covid-19, after concluding that the articles were produced in a scheme by a researcher in Pakistan who charged his co-authors to join the manuscripts, lied about the ethics approval for the studies and may have fabricated data.”
While many studies are credible, Cureus often relies on post-publication peer review. This leads to flawed studies being published, shared, and retracted later. Besides retractions, Cureus has failed fact checks related to Covid-19. See below.
Failed Fact Checks
- A preprint of an ivermectin study in the Brazilian city of Itajaí found that prophylactic ivermectin reduced COVID-19 hospitalization and mortality by half. – Unsupported
- “Correlation Between Mask Compliance and COVID-19 Outcomes in Europe.” – Flawed Study
- Regular Use of Ivermectin as Prophylaxis for COVID-19 Led Up to a 92% Reduction in COVID-19 Mortality Rate in a Dose-Response Manner. – Flawed Study
Overall, we rate the Cureus Journal of Medical Science as mild pseudoscience based on publishing poor studies requiring retractions. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to failed fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 09/18/2022)
Last Updated on September 18, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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