In the tradition of my general typing this was nearly entitled ‘crowsourcing’ which may have been very interesting (and possibly more effective). Anyway, I’m struggling to find some literature and thought I should ask around for help.
I’m doing a short piece of work on the science of science – how papers are put together, what things tend to get published (or left out) and so on. I have found a bit on publication bias (the tendency not to publish negative results) but after that I’m not doing too well. The problem is that I’m not familiar with the field so I don’t have a pile of papers to hand to work from, and it’s not a commonly discussed subject. Moreover, searching on something like Google Scholar for keywords like “science” “abstract” “publication” and “research” don’t get you very far. They tend to recover everything or overly specific papers on some essay or editorial on the subject as a whole.
Anyway, if you know of a few papers that deal with these patterns of publication then do drop their citations into the comments or links to where they can be found. Much appreciated.