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A book review about transgender issues is retracted from a skeptics' site. https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/irreversible...
06/21/2021
Book Review: Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, by Abigail Shrier | Science-Based Medicine

A book review about transgender issues is retracted from a skeptics' site.
https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/irreversible-damage-the-transgender-craze-seducing-our-daughters/

Editors' note:After careful review, the editors of SBM decided to retract this book review. Because we allow trusted authors to publish without prior review for the sake of efficiency and timeline

“Gujarat University Prof accused of forcing students to pursue PhD under him to boost API score.”https://www.edexlive.co...
06/21/2021
Gujarat University Prof accused of forcing students to pursue PhD under him to boost API score

“Gujarat University Prof accused of forcing students to pursue PhD under him to boost API score.”
https://www.edexlive.com/news/2021/jun/12/gujarat-university-prof-accused-of-forcing-students-to-pursue-phd-under-him-to-boost-api-score-21625.html

There are some allegations about the concerned professor's behaviour as well. A female student who worked under the professor said that they always had a high-handed attitude

The misconduct case of an endodontics researcher in Japan who already has lost at least 24 papers for data problems has ...
06/21/2021
Pulp fiction: Japanese university revokes two dentistry PhDs in case involving two dozen retractions

The misconduct case of an endodontics researcher in Japan who already has lost at least 24 papers for data problems has claimed two more casualties: the PhD theses of a pair of scientists he once helped train. As we reported last year, Nobuaki Ozeki, who retired from Aichi Gakuin University in 2018, was found to have misused images, fabricated data and recycled text in 22 papers, 21 of which by our count have now been retracted....

https://retractionwatch.com/2021/06/21/pulp-fiction-japanese-university-revokes-two-phds-in-case-involving-two-dozen-retractions/

The misconduct case of an endodontics researcher in Japan who already has lost at least 24 papers for data problems has claimed two more casualties: the PhD theses of a pair of scientists he once h…

Two Chittagong University “teachers withdraw promotion application after plagiarism accusation.”https://www.thedailystar...
06/20/2021
2 CU teachers withdraw promotion application after plagiarism accusation

Two Chittagong University “teachers withdraw promotion application after plagiarism accusation.”
https://www.thedailystar.net/bangladesh/news/2-cu-teachers-withdraw-promotion-application-after-plagiarism-accusation-2112537

Two teachers of the anthropology department of Chattogram University have withdrawn their applications for promotions after being accused of plagiarising paragraphs from someone else’s Master’s dissertation in a research paper published in an international journal.

The Japanese Society of Anesthesiologists has expelled Hironobu Ueshima (https://anesth.or.jp/img/upload/news/af32cc2410...
06/20/2021
Anesthesiology researcher guilty of misconduct in more than 140 papers: Investigation

The Japanese Society of Anesthesiologists has expelled Hironobu Ueshima (https://anesth.or.jp/img/upload/news/af32cc24107c0feceb64dba97db3b5da.pdf) after he was found guilty of misconduct in more than 140 papers. The Society also suspended two of his co-authors.
https://retractionwatch.com/2021/05/28/anesthesiology-researcher-guilty-of-misconduct-in-more-than-140-papers-investigation/

Showa University Hospital, via Wikimedia A Japanese anesthesiologist has been found guilty of fabricating data and other misconduct in 142 articles, leading to his termination and the sanction…

The CEO of a biotech developing a drug for Alzheimer’s has been “placed on leave amid allegations of altered images in h...
06/20/2021
Athira Pharma CEO placed on leave amid claims of altered images - STAT

The CEO of a biotech developing a drug for Alzheimer’s has been “placed on leave amid allegations of altered images in her research papers” on PubPeer.
https://www.statnews.com/2021/06/17/athira-pharma-ceo-placed-on-leave-amid-allegations-of-altered-images-in-research-papers/

Washington State University is investigating Leen Kawas over allegedly altered images in four separate papers on which she was lead author.

The Lancet has removed a letter “alerting the medical community to the dangers of a covid-19 outbreak in the Gaza Strip ...
06/20/2021
Political censorship in academic journals sets a dangerous new precedent - The BMJ

The Lancet has removed a letter “alerting the medical community to the dangers of a covid-19 outbreak in the Gaza Strip (https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2021/06/02/political-censorship-in-academic-journals-sets-a-dangerous-new-precedent/),” but the letter (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140673620307303) remains available on ScienceDirect, which, like the Lancet, is owned by Elsevier.
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/372/6547/1132

The academic community must develop a strong position to shield journals, their editors, and staff, against pressure to enforce censorship. In March 2020, The Lancet published a letter we wrote [...]More...

“Fauci described Indian research on ‘man-made Covid’ as outlandish.” Earlier, our take on the same study.https://www.sun...
06/19/2021
Fauci described Indian research on ‘man-made Covid’ as outlandish - The Sunday Guardian Live

“Fauci described Indian research on ‘man-made Covid’ as outlandish.” Earlier, our take on the same study.
https://www.sundayguardianlive.com/news/fauci-described-indian-research-man-made-covid-outlandish

The nine Indian scientists had to withdraw their paper after huge criticism from many big scientists.   New Delhi: On 31 January 2020, nine Indian researchers published a paper on bioRxiv, an open access online repository, after their request to carry their research paper was rejected by seven prom...

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06/19/2021
Weekend reads: Biotech CEO on leave after allegations on PubPeer; a researcher disavows his own paper; plagiarism here, there, and everywhere

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https://retractionwatch.com/2021/06/19/weekend-reads-biotech-ceo-on-leave-after-allegations-on-pubpeer-a-researcher-disavows-his-own-paper-plagiarism-here-there-and-everywhere/

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“The media called the ‘lab leak’ story a ‘conspiracy theory.’ Now it’s prompted corrections — and serious new reporting....
06/19/2021
The media called the ‘lab leak’ story a ‘conspiracy theory.’ Now it’s prompted corrections — and serious new reporting.

“The media called the ‘lab leak’ story a ‘conspiracy theory.’ Now it’s prompted corrections — and serious new reporting.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/media/the-media-called-the-lab-leak-story-a-conspiracy-theory-now-its-prompted-corrections--and-serious-new-reporting/2021/06/10/c93972e6-c7b2-11eb-a11b-6c6191ccd599_story.html

At first dismissed as politically motivated, the theory has gained new respect among journalists.

“I’ve managed to get some really suspicious papers retracted. I’d like to think that this has helped shift the norms in ...
06/19/2021

“I’ve managed to get some really suspicious papers retracted. I’d like to think that this has helped shift the norms in post-publication review and retraction, if only slightly.” Joe Hilgard on leaving academia.
http://crystalprisonzone.blogspot.com/2021/05/smell-you-later.html

“I’ve managed to get some really suspicious papers retracted. I’d like to think that this has helped shift the norms in post-publication review and retraction, if only slightly.” Joe Hilgard on leaving academia.
http://crystalprisonzone.blogspot.com/2021/05/smell-you-later.html

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A beginning of a change in the sausage factory?
It is a tad weird when a correction or a clarification on Conflicts of Interest are published after the fact. Ever have more questions after reading a letter of clarity than you did before? Just whom and where does Dr. Phillips donate his royalties and shares too? This holds true for Exerkine and his engagement with Enhanced Recovery. SO far he has (journals have) published a few letters of clarifications on his conflicts of interest with more journals and notifications pending for early 2021. There is said to be about 10 articles or so that will have corrections by him. Worth watching....as all does not seem as Kosher as the corrigendum...
debunk this ...
Any thoughts on this?
Please look into this, it's hilarious! https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32668870/
Good article explaining why not to hang your hat on medical journal publications, particularly ones re: Covid-19. "Oransky, of Retraction Watch, argues in light of the recent journal retractions that the problem is not preprints per se. 'A lot of people in publishing would like this to somehow be a mandate or a referendum on preprints and how dangerous they are,' he said. 'But I don’t know. I’m seeing a lot of really problematic stuff in prestigious peer-reviewed journals."
Another radical falsehood by Professor Dan Longo of the New England Journal of medicine: “a change that harmed many thousands of women.” Do read with care and share.
Has anyone at Retraction Watch looked into efforts to force retraction of the recently circulated draft report of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on "Opioid Treatments for Chronic Pain"? Like its predecessor report, this document is profoundly flawed due to an anti-opioid political agenda and multiple fundamental errors in interpretation of existing medical evidence.