I try to make sure the information I provide is up to date and relevant. It can be very challenging – trying to be both very scientific, yet super easy to read and understand.
Here is a brief rationale of how I reference, as well as a few articles about references (so you understand the sources I choose).
If the articles on this site were a part of some research I was doing (in hopes of being published by a major scientific journal), I would have to adhere to very strict guidelines, and very high standards. But that takes too long for a website like this, and no one except health professionals or researchers would appreciate it. Even they would probably find it annoyingly similar to their professional lives.
For now I use a loose (admittedly, occasionally inconsistent) referencing style. Links to my sources of information are inserted within each post, specific to the statements made that I feel need referencing. Sometimes, when I’m feeling keen, references will be placed neatly at the bottom of the articles.
Despite referencing loosely, I do have a personal commitment to having the most accurate and up-to-date information possible. I take my academic and ethical integrity very seriously. If you see a statement that needs a citation (or a better one), please, don’t hesitate to call me out on it. Constructive criticism is fair and even necessary for the advancement of our collective knowledge. However, I may debate with you.
Science changes constantly, adding and subtracting, revising and editing. As new studies and experiments are added to the literature base, theories are refined, or even thrown out. But this is a good thing. It’s how we get closer to reality. If my info is out of date, let me know! Also, note the entry date of the post. And finally, read my disclaimer!
Thanks for reading!
Articles about references:
Research Articles vs. Review Articles: What’s the difference?