<p>The statistical consistency test of Ioannidis and Trikalinos (2007) has been used recently by Francis (2012a,c,d,e,2013,in press), to argue that specific sets of experiments show evidence of publication bias. I argue that the test is unnecessary because publication bias exists almost everywhere as property of the research process, not individual studies. Furthermore, for several reasons, the test does not support the claims made on its behalf. Instead of focusing on testing sets of experiments for publication bias, we should focus on changes to scientific culture to reduce the bias. (C) 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.</p>
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