For our Mathematical GeoEnergy book, there is an entry at PubPeer.com for comments (one can also comment at Amazon.com, but you need to be a verified purchaser of the book to be able to comment there)
PubPeer provides a good way to debunk poorly researched work as shown in the recent comments pertaining to the Zharkova paper published in Nature’s Scientific Reports journal.
An issue with the comment policy at Amazon is that one can easily evaluate the contents of a book via the “Look Inside” feature or through the Table of Contents. Often there is enough evidence to provide a critical book review just through this feature — in a sense, a statistical sampling of the contents — yet Amazon requires a full purchase before a review is possible. Even if one can check the book out at a university library this is not allowable. Therefore it favors profiting by the potential fraudster because they will get royalties in spite of damaging reviews by critics that are willing to sink money into a purchase.
In the good old days at Amazon, one could actually warn people about pseudo-scientific research. This is exemplified by Curry’s Bose-Einstein statistics debacle, where unfortunately political cronies and acolytes of Curry’s have since purchased her book and have used the comments to do damage control. No further negative comments are possible since smart people have not bought her book and therefore can no longer comment.
PubPeer does away with this Catch-22 situation.
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The sad case of the author who misapplies uncertainty propagation to climate modeling: