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Much of the stigma surrounding alcohol and drug problems stems from erroneous folklore. Perhaps no other public health issue is distorted by so much myth, misinformation, inaccuracy, and emotion. Sci-Mat aims to counter this with current, readable, understandable summaries of significant research in the field of addictive diseases.
Current international medical and scientific journals are screened for articles of interest to our readers. Since these articles often contain scientific jargon, complex charts and graphs, and great detail we condense, rewrite and simplify the articles and convert uniquely scientific terms into lay-language. The citation for the original article is included should the reader care to pursue more detail. Before posting we send our rewrite back to the original researchers for comment. A prestigious Science Advisory Board is available for consultation and the Betty Ford Institute Science Advisory Panel adds another level of review. Our Science Editor rates the significance, scientific validity and originality of the research on a scale of 1 - 4, with 4 being the highest.
"Significance" rates the article's impact in the field, on public policy, or in the lives of people with alcohol and drug problems.
"Scientific validity" measures believability of the science - how likely these results are to stand up in the face of replication by other laboratories and authors.
"Originality" rates the innovativeness of the idea, the methods, and the conclusions. An original paper stands out because of its uniqueness.
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