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  1. #1 Regulating the publishing of books 
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    I don’t think there is a specific forum for this – so I’m throwing it in here.


    Is there any sort of rules or regulation which people have to follow if they publish books with “science”?


    What I mean is – Say I were to publish (not a specific reference to any topic which may or may not have pushed me to ask the question) a book containing claims that cancer may be caused by a fungus and that sodium bicarbonate can treat the infection and cure it..... Is there any regulation or rule that would prevent me from doing so without some proof?


    I know that most major publishers would be reluctant, but it is possible to publish a book independently.


    Just something I was thinking about and quite frankly I don’t want to go looking up any detailed legalisation on a warm Sunday afternoon. Any thoughts?


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    I think if you call it "science" and it isn't (i.e. claims that aren't derived from following scientific methods), then others are free to shelf it or categorize it as they wish.

    Others are also free to critique it. For instance, if the work makes scientific-sounding claims and the author is asserting that the contents are scientific in nature, others may find otherwise and critique it in open forums or venues which would range from journal and magazine reviews to online reviews with Amazon (assuming it is marketed there).

    Of course, I don't know what you're seeking to publish, I assume the example you gave was hypothetical, but if not, then you're likely to fail at the gate since there is a preponderance of evidenced-based, actual science that already exists to refute the claim.


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    Oh I'm not publishing anything - was just wondering

    But from a publishing view - there wouldn't be much of a scientific review of a text, say published by a person with the funds to make even a few hundred copies and try market the text?

    It was just something I came to think about while reading a post in pseudoscience.
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    Vanity publishers turn out that sort of bilge all the time.
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    Many of the bottom rung publishers don't even provide editing. You're required to pay for the first batch of copies and that's where they expect to make the profit.
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    To give you an idea, the guy that wrote this bit of garbage actually sent me not one, but two, review copies. It was done via a vanity publisher and not a page is scientifically sound.

    The book is actually well constructed and appears to be well-edited for grammar. The cover is glossy and well done with regard to artwork.
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    So in essence someone can just write nonsense, publish it and sell it online or something.


    And then some poor soul comes along believes and respects this person because they alone are talking about a novel, suppressed, cheap treatment – without side effects? Something wrong with that, I always did wonder how so many of these “books” with dud science were allowed to come to market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goodgod3rd
    So in essence someone can just write nonsense, publish it and sell it online or something.
    Sometimes they are distributed free, but then they are called Political Manifestos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt
    Sometimes they are distributed free, but then they are called Political Manifestos.
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