They get very high ratings for a reason: the
experts on Peerwith are great at what they do. We feel that human interaction
is really important in science collaboration and to help you to get to know the
experts a little better we asked them to answer a few questions. We will
regularly post their replies on this blog.
Frank, statistical consultant is a hidden gem, but not for much longer we
Tell us about yourself, field of study, level
of study, where you are based, etc.
I have a PhD in statistics (Leiden University,
The Netherlands), and many years of experience in applied statistics for governmental
organisations and healthcare institutes. I have >15 years experience in
writing and co-authoring papers in peer-reviewed journals, performing
statistical analyses in R and SPSS, and in reporting results of statistical
I worked in academia for 10 years and then
started my own statistical consultancy business based in The Hague in The
What do you think about the marketplace Peerwith and what would you
say is the main benefit?
I joined Peerwith on December 2016 and I am
excited to be part of this innovative project of author services for the global
scientific community. The main benefits of Peerwith are, I think,
that it becomes easier to collaborate and to
find the right expert. This is especially true for statistical expertise, which
is not generally accessible for everyone.
Do you have any tips for authors, do you see
recurring mistakes in manuscripts?
The most common mistake I find when reviewing
manuscripts is that of thinking about statistical analysis too late in the
process of conducting a study. In my experience, authors often consult a
statistical expert after the data have been collected and consequently, the way
the data were collected does not allow for answering the scientific questions
they had in mind.
Hence my favorite quote by Sir Ronald Fisher: “To
consult the statistician after an experiment is finished is often merely to ask him to
conduct a post mortem examination: he can perhaps say what the experiment died
of.” (Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher, 1938).
The design of the study and the statistical
analyses are fundamentally linked with the scientific questions of a study. To
benefit the most from statistical support, it is best to start the
collaborative process early in the set-up of the study.
What kind of requests would you love to
My favorite requests are in the category of
statistical support and scientific editing. I would be happy to help authors
with the statistical analyses and reporting of the results according to the
standards of peer reviewed international journals. And to advise on research
design and appropriate statistical analyses, data collection and power analysis.
Laurence offers her services in: Statistical
Support, Scientific Editing, Funding application support, Peer review,