Grievance and Passion

The CLAHRC WM Director has a grievance and a passion.

His grievance is the bias of journals towards positive results, especially those that fulfil editor and reviewer prejudice.

His passion is coffee.

Imagine then, the Director’s delight in first finding a journal series whose mission is to publish results irrespective of finding (The All Results Journals) and secondly an article showing that coffee drinking is not associated with retinal disease.[1]

Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world [2] and the second most valuable commodity exported by developing nations.[3] Scientists have been looking for harmful effects for decades, but the results, in the round, are null or protective.[4]

— Richard Lilford, CLAHRC WM Director.


  1. Neelam K, Li X, Wong W-L, Tai ES, Lee J, van Dam RM, Wong T-Y. Is Coffee Consumption associated with Age-related Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy? All Res J Biol. 2014; 5: 7-13.
  2. Grigg D. The worlds of tea and coffee: Patterns of consumption. GeoJournal. 2002; 57(4): 283-94.
  3. Pendergrast M. Coffee second only to oil? Is coffee really the second largest commodity? Tea & Coffee Trade Journal. 2009; 181(4): 38-41.
  4. Higdon JV, Frei B. Coffee and Health: A Review of Recent Human Research. Cr Rev Food Sci. 2006; 46(2): 101-23.



One thought on “Grievance and Passion”

  1. My favourite blog so far, thank you. I always knew coffee was good for you! Hopefully chocolate will be next for scientific vindication. The ‘All Results Journal’ is long overdue too; as researchers, we all know that a negative finding is just as important as a positive one.

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