Guardians 2024 Call for Papers

The BHAVI 2024 October Symposium with title Guardians 2024 Conference will be held Wednesday October 9 as a virtual meeting at 09:00 - 14:00 PDT. Guardians 2024 will be held as an online event, open to the public, in our series of annual Guardians of Truth and Integrity Conferences. There will be no registration fees charged for attendance at this symposium held via GoToMeeting videoconference at Brain Health Alliance has contributed a prize award fund of $9000 for best student papers presented at Guardians 2024. There will be no registration, processing or publication fees charged to authors who submit their research reports, which if accepted for presentation at Guardians 2024, will be published in the Brainiacs Journal. Visit Guardians 2024 for author instructions and forms for submission of manuscripts contributed in response to our call for papers.

Conference Program

The October 9 online Guardians 2024 will ask the same question, Who are the Guardians of Truth and Integrity?, discussed at Guardians 2022 and Guardians 2023. Guardians 2024 will focus on the continuing information wars that threaten survival of democracies with the spread of polarized and extremified propaganda and lies, and the now prevalent political use of mis-information, dis-information, anti-information, caco-information, and mal-information. Visit Guardians 2022 and Guardians 2023 for previous years' programs of talks, slide presentations, and background references on these information wars. Read the Guardians 2022 and Guardians 2023 summary reports for additional discussion with references.

Call for Papers

Research reports contributed to the conference for presentation must be submitted no later than September 9, with notice of review decisions announced September 29, and presentation versions of manuscripts re-submitted by October 4 prior to the meeting on October 9. There will be no registration, processing or publication fees charged to authors who submit their research reports, which if accepted for presentation at Guardians 2024, will be published in the Brainiacs Journal. Manuscripts may address any form of research from basic to applied science and medicine, from primary to secondary and tertiary research, from computational and quantitative to non-computational and qualitative, including literature reviews and meta-analyses, and across the entire spectrum of research including "bench-to-bedside" and clinical trials. Novelty for the sake of novelty --- without supporting, enabling, and implementing reproducibility, validity, and integrity --- will not be considered an important criterion for selection of manuscripts by the program committee.

Instead, manuscripts will be evaluated for both the quality of the substantive reproducibility, validity, and integrity of their experimental methods, data, and results and also the quality of the written description and report of those methods, data, and results. The program committee will favor those reports which demonstrate use of open software tools and methods, open data and results, rational inferences and conclusions, the presence of valid statistical analyses with hypothesis testing, and the absence of inherent self-contradictions, false equivalences, and other common fallacies in logical reasoning including the correlation/causation fallacy. Review criteria addressing experimental reproducibility and reliability do not apply in a direct manner to those papers considered opinion pieces which contain exclusively commentary and discussion of other published research literature. For these opinion essays, the logical reasoning criteria nevertheless do apply, but the experimental reproducibility and reliability criteria will not be required. Thus, opinion essays can be submitted as opinion essays without any new experiments reported with data and results.

Student Best-Paper Awards

Guardians 2024 will offer cash prizes of $3000 for best papers by students in each of the 3 award categories:

For eligibility to compete in the student best-paper competitions, the first (or only) author of the submitted manuscript must be matriculated in a degree-granting educational program, and the manuscript must be accompanied by a letter from the student's mentor attesting to the student's authorship or co-authorship role for both the research conducted and the manuscript written.

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