“Limitations of a study” column appear in scientific articles because . . .
- It offers lame excuses
- It informs us , not to get fooled by their finding .It could be terribly wrong
- The editors won’t publish the paper without this customary paragraph!
- Judge yourself . . . we are transparent !
- No study is 100% perfect . Just to make sure the readers are aware of it.
I fail to understand , why even good articles are rejected for minor errors in methodology by many journals.
Meanwhile , how on this earth it’ s possible ? for some articles to appear in top journals ( with questionable conclusions ) embellished
with major errors in methodology , but has a proud declaration and confession about the flaws of the study in the “Limitations of study” column !
So , in this modern scientific world , it suggests to me , one can can write whatever you think as science , as long as you declare it and able to impress the editors to shift the errors into limitations column , you are likely to be excused and also rewarded !