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Retraction Watch

Retraction Watch Tracking retractions as a window into the scientific process

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Mission: Tracking retractions as a window into the scientific process.

Aggarwal — who more than five years ago threatened to sue us for reporting on an investigation into his work — is no...
09/04/2018
Cancer journals retract 10 papers, flag 8 more, and apologize for the delay

Aggarwal — who more than five years ago threatened to sue us for reporting on an investigation into his work — is now up to 28 retractions.

Five journals published by a prominent cancer research society have retracted a total of 10 papers — most of them by a former researcher at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Nine of t…

Papers are more likely to be accepted when the reviewers are of the same gender or nationality as the authors, says a ne...
09/03/2018
Gender and international diversity improves equity in peer review

Papers are more likely to be accepted when the reviewers are of the same gender or nationality as the authors, says a new preprint.

The robustness of scholarly peer review has been challenged by evidence of disparities in publication outcomes based on author's gender and nationality. To address this, we examine the peer review outcomes of 23,873 initial submissions and 7,192 full submissions that were submitted to the bioscience...

"And just like those who make a living reporting on politics, science journalists must often relate unflattering facts a...
09/03/2018
No Enemy

"And just like those who make a living reporting on politics, science journalists must often relate unflattering facts about the people and institutions they cover." Indeed, The Scientist.

Science journalists are essential to advancing the quality of the research enterprise.

Bushman nearly had a fourth retraction, but attorneys for the publisher decided that a massive correction would be more ...
08/31/2018
Prominent video game-violence researcher loses another paper to retraction

Bushman nearly had a fourth retraction, but attorneys for the publisher decided that a massive correction would be more appropriate.

If you read this space, you probably know the name Brad Bushman. He studies the effects of violent video games on the people who play them. He also has just retracted his third paper, and significa…

A petition in support of the paper already has nearly 1400 signatures.
08/29/2018
Reader outcry prompts Brown to retract press release on trans teens

A petition in support of the paper already has nearly 1400 signatures.

Less than two weeks ago, PLOS ONE published a paper about the parents of teenagers who appeared to immediately start questioning their gender identity around the time of puberty. Then the critiques…

"In addition, we are very concerned over the complete lack of collegiality that Dr. Miller continues to show toward Drs....
08/24/2018
Researcher found to have committed misconduct using federal grants is publishing again — and cites those very grants

"In addition, we are very concerned over the complete lack of collegiality that Dr. Miller continues to show toward Drs. Hu and Olson, two individuals that have been damaged most by Dr. Miller’s actions."

A researcher who was found guilty of committing misconduct while using three federal grants has published new findings that cites those grants. In 2012, the U.S. Office of Research Integrity determ…

"I was more surprised even than angry that this kind of thing can happen in the digital era and also in a respectable jo...
08/23/2018
Elsevier investigating paper on solar cells that appears to plagiarize a Nature journal

"I was more surprised even than angry that this kind of thing can happen in the digital era and also in a respectable journal." And in an update, the person listed as corresponding author of likely plagiarizing paper says the email address there isn't his, and that he had nothing to do with the paper.

The similarities between recent papers in two different journals about energy were striking — so striking that a number of people have taken to Twitter and Facebook to let the world know abou…

The material was included as part of a high-profile 2016 paper in the New England Journal of Medicine.
08/20/2018
Star researcher in health policy plagiarized a colleague, probe says

The material was included as part of a high-profile 2016 paper in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Gilbert Welch, one of the most prominent health care policy researchers in the U.S., has been found guilty of research misconduct following an investigation by Dartmouth College, his employer. Acco…

"Retraction Watch’s coverage of that article led to what I assume will be the only time in my career I had the chance ...
08/17/2018
Peering Behind The Peer Review Curtain - Law360

"Retraction Watch’s coverage of that article led to what I assume will be the only time in my career I had the chance to ask a Ph.D./M.D. if he was familiar with 'Seinfeld' and if the show is, in fact, fiction, based on him publishing in — and in fact being listed as an editor of — another MedCrave journal." via Bill Childs

The U.S. Supreme Court's opinion in Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals specified peer review as one criterion for evaluating scientific evidence. But not all peer review is created equal, and sometimes additional exploration — whether through discovery into your adversaries’ experts, or earl...

This is one of several cases with which The Ohio State University has been grappling recently.
08/17/2018
Cancer researcher at OSU up to nine retractions

This is one of several cases with which The Ohio State University has been grappling recently.

A cancer researcher and emeritus professor at The Ohio State University has retracted four more papers, bringing his total to nine from a single journal. The four retractions of work by Samson Jaco…

"When scientists die, their published papers live on—even if they're based on lies." Kai Kupferschmidt tries to solve ...
08/17/2018
Tide of lies

"When scientists die, their published papers live on—even if they're based on lies." Kai Kupferschmidt tries to solve the mystery of the scientist who holds 6th place on our leaderboard.

The researcher at the center of an epic scientific fraud remains an enigma to the scientists who exposed him. ![Figure][1] ILLUSTRATION: SARA GIRONI CARNEVALE The first thing that went through Alison Avenell's head when she heard Yoshihiro Sato had died was that it might be a trick. It was Mar...

When you think a retraction notice doesn’t tell the whole story, what should you do?
08/16/2018
Dear editor: Your retraction notice stinks

When you think a retraction notice doesn’t tell the whole story, what should you do?

When you think a retraction notice doesn’t tell the whole story, what should you do? For one group of researchers who’ve been closely following how journals handle the work associated with a bone r…

A journal specializing in empty calories.
08/15/2018
Meet the journal full of baloney (and cheese)

A journal specializing in empty calories.

For researchers wandering in the food desert of scientific publishing, the journal description is irresistible — or, you might say, appetizing. Meet the Journal of Cheese: Have you ever wonde…

In 2013, the school where he earned his PhD withdrew Lichtenthaler’s teaching qualifications.
08/14/2018
Management researcher with 16 retractions has new professorship

In 2013, the school where he earned his PhD withdrew Lichtenthaler’s teaching qualifications.

Ulrich Lichtenthaler, a management professor who has had to retract 16 papers for data irregularities, has a new position in academia. According to a news release from the International School of M…

Journalism with an impact, from Charles Ornstein and Mike Hixenbaugh.
08/10/2018
Famed Houston Surgeon Updates Conflict-of-Interest Disclosures — ProPublica

Journalism with an impact, from Charles Ornstein and Mike Hixenbaugh.

ProPublica and the Houston Chronicle reported in May that Dr. O.H. “Bud” Frazier had often failed to disclose his payments from medical device makers in articles he authored. Since then, he’s amended his disclosures for three pieces in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Kinsella is the founder of a company which recently secured €2.5 million in public funding.
08/10/2018
Researcher and biotech founder in Ireland issues four retractions

Kinsella is the founder of a company which recently secured €2.5 million in public funding.

An award-winning researcher and founder of a biotech company based in Ireland has retracted four papers and corrected another. In the last few weeks, Therese Kinsella — a professor at the Uni…

All three notices -- issued by PLOS ONE -- mention an investigation at the university, which found signs of data manipul...
08/09/2018
Glasgow professor leaves post amidst multiple retractions

All three notices -- issued by PLOS ONE -- mention an investigation at the university, which found signs of data manipulation and falsification.

A professor specializing in the health of children and pregnant women has left her post at the University of Glasgow, and issued three retractions in recent months. All three notices — issued…

This retraction notice from an alternative medicine journal is...special. "The authors said that to save time, animal ex...
08/08/2018
Retracted: Mechanism of Hepatoprotective Effect of Boesenbergia rotunda in Thioacetamide-Induced Liver Damage in Rats

This retraction notice from an alternative medicine journal is...special. "The authors said that to save time, animal experiments were conducted on both plants at the same time..."

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM) is an international peer-reviewed, Open Access journal that seeks to understand the sources and to encourage rigorous research in this new, yet ancient world of complementary and alternative medicine.

For those keeping score at home, psychonomics is the study of the laws of the mind.
08/06/2018
Distraction paper pulled for clerical error

For those keeping score at home, psychonomics is the study of the laws of the mind.

The authors of a 2018 paper on how noisy distractions disrupt memory are retracting the article after finding a flaw in their study. The paper, “Unexpected events disrupt visuomotor working memory …

We’ve come a long way since we launched in 2010.
08/03/2018
Happy birthday, Retraction Watch: We’re eight today

We’ve come a long way since we launched in 2010.

Hey, we’re eight today! Every year on August 3, we like to remind readers of everything we have to celebrate on our anniversary — and of what a privilege it is to be able to do this work. We’…

"We were positively impressed by the quality of retraction notices in 2016," say the authors of a new paper.
08/01/2018
Have retraction notices improved over time?

"We were positively impressed by the quality of retraction notices in 2016," say the authors of a new paper.

Evelyne Decullier & Hervé Maisonneuve have been studying retractions for a long time. They’ve looked at how long retractions take to show up in PubMed, and five years ago they published a…

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