Recently I got a comment to my peer-reviewed publication on PubPeer. I am a new researcher who just started my research career, and I feel I am overreacting and over-worried. But please advise and help.
Long story in short: I published a manuscript in a top-level journal in my field (IF > 20). Recently, I got a comment on the “PubPeer,” and the person left a comment and challenged my research methodology. So I responded to the comment politely and defended myself, and that person said he/she appreciated my response. I personally do believe this is just a pure and objective scientific discussion about my paper. I welcome all the challenges and questions about my publications, and I believe these challenges are the driving force to push science move forward.
However, one of my co-authors called me yesterday. I could feel that he was not really happy that our paper appeared on PubPeer. At the very beginning, I really had no idea why he was pissed off. Then I went over PubPeer carefully, and I finally realized that PubPeer is a website mainly dedicated to exposing research misconduct, such as manipulating data and faking figures. Therefore, I know why many researchers don’t remotely wanna associate with PubPeer in life.
But the bottom line is that my publication is clean and has nothing to do with research misconduct. It went through rigorous peer-reviewed processes and I have full confidence. So I believe this objective discussion about my publication on PubPeer should not affect me in a bad way, right? I am kinda worried and hope I am overreacting.