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

"The man who sent the death threats to Emilia Sercan was found on 24 April – he is a police officer, employed by the Pol...
06/25/2019
Is it life-threatening to investigate plagiarism? - EuroScientist journal

"The man who sent the death threats to Emilia Sercan was found on 24 April – he is a police officer, employed by the Police Academy, about which she wrote and had an extensive series of investigations underway."

Emilia Șercan has constantly been a target for intimidation and denigration campaigns, however, she has continued to do her job with respect for the truth.

That "cell phone use makes you grow horns" study? Our Ivan Oransky went on CBC News' The National to help explain what w...
06/22/2019
Constant phone use won’t make you grow horns | CBC News

That "cell phone use makes you grow horns" study? Our Ivan Oransky went on CBC News' The National to help explain what was wrong with it.

Debunking a recent study that suggests youth are developing "horns" in their skulls as a result of cellphone use.

#ForensicsFriday: Can you spot the issues with this image?
06/21/2019
Forensics Friday: Can you spot the issues with this image?

#ForensicsFriday: Can you spot the issues with this image?

Ever wanted to hone your skills as a scientific sleuth? Now’s your chance. Thanks to the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), which is committed to educating author…

"Uh, hypothetical situation: you see a paper published that is based on a premise which is clearly flawed, proven by exi...
06/19/2019
Statisticians clamor for retraction of paper by Harvard researchers they say uses a “nonsense statistic”

"Uh, hypothetical situation: you see a paper published that is based on a premise which is clearly flawed, proven by existing literature.” So began an exasperated Twitter thread by Andrew Althouse, a statistician at University of Pittsburgh.

via ImageCreator “Uh, hypothetical situation: you see a paper published that is based on a premise which is clearly flawed, proven by existing literature.” So began an exasperated Twitter thread by…

06/17/2019
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The journal for a religious medical group is retracting a paper that supported the discredited practice of conversion therapy for homosexuals over concerns about the statistical analyses -- or lack thereof -- in the research.

#ForensicsFriday: Notice anything odd about this figure?
06/14/2019
Forensics Friday: Notice anything odd about this figure?

#ForensicsFriday: Notice anything odd about this figure?

Ever wanted to hone your skills as a scientific sleuth? Now’s your chance. Thanks to the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), which is committed to educating author…

"If you like Data Colada..."
06/10/2019
Study of a “nudge” to use hand sanitizer retracted

"If you like Data Colada..."

Image by Adriano Gadini from Pixabay A group of researchers in the United States and China have retracted their 2018 paper on hand hygiene, admitting that they can’t account for “data anomalies” in…

One wonders what linguistic Hell Mencken would have divined for Robert Cardullo.
05/30/2019
Critic up to 18 retractions for plagiarism

One wonders what linguistic Hell Mencken would have divined for Robert Cardullo.

Robert Cardullo H. L. Mencken once wrote that “It is impossible to think of a man of any actual force and originality, universally recognized as having those qualities, who spent his whole life app…

The paper, originally titled "Asia’s glaciers are a regionally important buffer against drought," was subjected to an ex...
05/29/2019
“This is a case of good science:” Nature republishes retracted glacier paper

The paper, originally titled "Asia’s glaciers are a regionally important buffer against drought," was subjected to an expression of concern in 2017.

via NASA Nature has republished a paper on glacier melt that was retracted more than a year ago after the author became aware that he had made an error that underestimated such melt. The paper, ori…

When a lack of originality is tough to swallow, you must retract.
05/28/2019
“Great dismay:” When a lack of originality is tough to swallow

When a lack of originality is tough to swallow, you must retract.

Findings in dysphagia lusoria Researchers in India have retracted their 2013 case report of a “novel” way to treat a swallowing disorder because, well, the way wasn’t novel at all. The article, “A …

Wasan told Medscape Medical News that it was "kind of a silly thing that happened."
05/24/2019
Pharmacy School Dean Has Book Review Retracted

Wasan told Medscape Medical News that it was "kind of a silly thing that happened."

A book review by the incoming dean of a leading pharmacy school in Canada has been retracted from the Lancet because 'substantial passages...match parts of a review of the same book' by a newspaper columnist.

Another #ForensicsFriday to test your skills: Just how many bands are duplicated in this image?
05/24/2019
Forensics Friday: Just how many bands are duplicated in this image?

Another #ForensicsFriday to test your skills: Just how many bands are duplicated in this image?

Ever wanted to hone your skills as a scientific sleuth? Now’s your chance. Thanks to the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), which is committed to educating author…

This journal is just fine with plagiarism. Not too  much, mind you.
05/23/2019
Up to 19% plagiarism is just fine, journal tells authors

This journal is just fine with plagiarism. Not too much, mind you.

Punjab University Apparently, you can be a little bit pregnant. We’ll explain. The other day we received an email from a researcher tipping us off to a remarkable admission from a journal in Pakist…

Cruikshank falsely represented results "using sixty-four (64) such band images” in 16 figures and related text.
05/21/2019
Former BU prof falsified images, agrees to 5-year funding ban

Cruikshank falsely represented results "using sixty-four (64) such band images” in 16 figures and related text.

A former researcher at Boston University (BU) committed research misconduct, according to the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI). William W. Cruikshank, formerly of BU’s Pulmonary Center…

Ever wanted to hone your skills as a scientific sleuth? Now’s your chance.
05/17/2019
Forensics Friday: How was this image manipulated?

Ever wanted to hone your skills as a scientific sleuth? Now’s your chance.

Ever wanted to hone your skills as a scientific sleuth? Now’s your chance. Thanks to the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), which is committed to educating author…

Using a sample of studies of psychology and medicine, the new “meta-meta-analysis” diverges from “previous research show...
05/13/2019
Just how common is positive publication bias? Here’s one researcher who’s trying to figure that out

Using a sample of studies of psychology and medicine, the new “meta-meta-analysis” diverges from “previous research showing rather strong indications for publication bias” and instead suggest “only weak evidence for the prevalence of publication bias.”

Robbie van Aert While the presence of publication bias – the selective publishing of positive studies – in science is well known, debate continues about how extensive such bias truly is and the bes…

Ever wanted to hone your skills as a scientific sleuth? Now's your chance.
05/10/2019
Forensic Friday: Can you spot the problem with this image?

Ever wanted to hone your skills as a scientific sleuth? Now's your chance.

Ever wanted to hone your skills as a scientific sleuth? Now’s your chance. Thanks to the Association for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), which is committed to educating authors on…

The findings, say the authors, "raise questions about the management of authors with multiple retractions or who have co...
05/08/2019
How often do authors with retractions for misconduct continue to publish?

The findings, say the authors, "raise questions about the management of authors with multiple retractions or who have committed scientific misconduct."

via Anna Creech/Flickr How does retraction change publishing behavior? Mark Bolland and Andrew Grey, who were two members of a team whose work led to dozens of retractions for Yoshihiro Sato, now t…

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