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February 2019 Issue of The Pathologist

In this issue we explore how predatory journals and conferences often capitalize on the “publish or perish” culture within academia. How are these for-profit organizations able to manipulate researchers by charging hefty amounts without delivering the scientific rigor or stature they promise? And how can we address misaligned incentives in science and medicine to combat them? We answer these questions and investigate the telltale signs of predatory publishers to look out for. In addition, read about the importance of color calibration in digital pathology scanners, preventing the fatal contamination of biological products, and an interview with Benjamin Garcia, Presidential Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Director of Quantitative Proteomics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.

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Articles featured in this issue

Outside the Lab Profession

It’s a Dog-Eat-Dog World

| Michael Schubert

Predatory journals and conferences take advantage of vulnerable academics… but has the academic community itself made this possible?

Subspecialties Microbiology and immunology

Monitoring the Microbiome

| Luke Turner

Differences in bacterial diversity in the gut could be used to identify patients with Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer

Outside the Lab Screening and monitoring

Steps Forward in Cancer Screening

| Luke Turner

We round up the latest news in pathology and laboratory medicine with these bite-sized stories

Inside the Lab Quality assurance and quality control

Protecting Patients from Prions

| Aaron Schieving

When medical supplies contain products of human or animal origin, they risk potential contamination with potentially fatal prion diseases

Outside the Lab Profession

Anatomy of a Predator

| Benjamin Mazer

Is our “publish (and present) or perish” mindset causing pathologists to fall victim to predatory journals and conferences?

Inside the Lab Oncology

Oncomine Dx Target Test – an IVD NGS solution for every lab

| Contributed by Thermo Fisher Scientific

With the ongoing development of precision oncology and more and more biomarkers entering routine clinical testing...

Outside the Lab Profession

The Epigenomic Explorer

| Joanna Cummings

We sit down with 2018 Biemann Medal winner Benjamin Garcia to discuss the value of mentorship and how it has shaped his research on histones

Inside the Lab Digital and computational pathology

Watch This Space!

| Anant Madabhushi

The spatial arrangement of immune cells could predict whether aggressive chemotherapy is the best option for patients with early-stage lung cancer

Diagnostics Histology

Case of the Month

Can you diagnose this testicular mass and decide which histologic finding incurs the worst prognosis?

Outside the Lab Profession

When Progress Becomes Predation

| Yaman AlAhmad, Ibrahim Abdelhafez, Faruk Skenderi, Semir Vranić

Predatory publishing practices always have a negative impact, but it is disproportionately felt in developing countries

Inside the Lab Digital and computational pathology

A Call for Color Calibration

| Richard Salmon

Accurate color representation is vital for digital imaging in histopathology – but how can viewers ensure that colors are correct and consistent?

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