When the editors of the Journal asked me to provide an article for this new section I was reminded of the risks such an invitation can carry. Being a veteran member of SEPM (joining as a student member in 1974), writing like this simply invites an expectation that this will be a polemic about how things used to be better. I will not do that. However, when I talk to other veteran sedimentologists at some point the conversation focusses on how many really flawed papers we have seen of late. So, I would like to discuss the types of flaws...

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