The Fatal Flaw: What It Is and How to Avoid It When a manuscript is accepted for publication in a research journal such as Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (LSHSS), its authors can feel proud that their work has met the standards of the rigorous peer review process. Additionally, its readers can feel confident that the information it ... Editorial
Editorial  |   January 01, 2011
The Fatal Flaw: What It Is and How to Avoid It
 
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  • Marilyn A. NippoldEditor
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Editorial
Editorial   |   January 01, 2011
The Fatal Flaw: What It Is and How to Avoid It
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 2011, Vol. 42, 1-2. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2011/ed-01)
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 2011, Vol. 42, 1-2. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2011/ed-01)
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When a manuscript is accepted for publication in a research journal such as Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (LSHSS), its authors can feel proud that their work has met the standards of the rigorous peer review process. Additionally, its readers can feel confident that the information it contains is accurate, timely, and dependable. However, when a manuscript is rejected, this is often the source of considerable angst and disappointment for the authors.
Unfortunately, some manuscripts must be rejected because the reviewers have detected one or more errors in the design of the study, errors that would be difficult, if not impossible, to repair through a revision of the manuscript. These sorts of errors often seem to occur when authors lack sufficient experience with the research enterprise. Like the novice chess player who overlooks mate or resigns prematurely, the novice investigator may commit one or more errors in the design of a study, errors that will doom the project even before data collection begins.
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