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Retraction Watch

Tracking retractions as a window into the scientific process

Double dipping on trial data topples 17-year-old macular degeneration article

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redjournalThe authors of a 1997 paper on macular degeneration have lost the article after readers noticed uncanny similarities with a 1996 publication from several of the same authors.

The retracted article, “Radiation therapy for macular degeneration: Technical considerations and preliminary results,” appeared in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics – otherwise known as the “Red Journal.” The first author, Luther W. Brady, is a leading U.S. oncologist.

According to the retraction notice: Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Adam Marcus

October 1, 2014 at 11:30 am

Arizona prof plagiarizes student’s thesis, gets reprimanded, but keeps her job

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Susannah Dickinson, University of Arizona

Susannah Dickinson, via University of Arizona

An architecture professor at the University of Arizona has been sanctioned — lightly — for plagiarizing from the thesis of one of her masters’ students.

According to a report in the Arizona Daily Star, the professor, Susannah Dickinson: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Adam Marcus

October 1, 2014 at 9:30 am

PubPeer Selections: Sniffing at a dog poop paper; how grants should be distributed

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September 30, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Author of alcohol paper retracted for plagiarism defends copy-and-paste strategy

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nmlogoThe authors of a paper retracted for plagiarism of a popular website have decided not to take the charges — which they don’t contest — lying down.

Here’s the notice for “Alcohol consumption and hormonal alterations related to muscle hypertrophy: a review,” which appeared in Nutrition & Metabolism, a BioMed Central title: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

September 30, 2014 at 9:30 am

Critics of Poldermans’ work baffled by NEJM stance on DECREASE papers

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Don Poldermans

A pair of researchers who have been calling for the retraction of two papers by cardiology researcher Don Poldermans say the New England Journal of Medicine is  “not justified” “disappointing” in its refusal to pull the articles.

A little background: Poldermans resigned from Erasmus University in 2011 after having been accused of misconduct. Last week, we reported that the European Heart Journal had issued an expression of concern for a 2001 article on which he was first author.

The New England Journal of Medicine added editor’s notes to two of Poldermans’ articles. But as Larry Husten at Forbes reports, the journal has no intention of retracting the papers: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Adam Marcus

September 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm

It’s happened again: Researcher appears to have peer reviewed his own paper

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bmc sys bioAlthough it shocks some observers every time, we’ve reported on the retractions of more than 100 papers pulled because authors managed to do their own peer review.

Apparently, it’s happened again.

Here’s a retraction notice in BMC Systems Biology for “Predicting new molecular targets for rhein using network pharmacology,” by  Aihua Zhang, Hui Sun, Bo Yang and Xijun Wang:

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Written by Ivan Oransky

September 29, 2014 at 11:31 am

Molecular Vision retracts three papers from University of Georgia group with error-ridden images

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newmvlogoMolecular Vision has issued “full retractions” for a trio of articles by a group of eye researchers. All of the articles were led by Azza El-Remessy, director of the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy’s clinical and therapeutic graduate program.

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The first paper, from 2000, was titled “Regulation of interphotoreceptor retinoid-binding protein (IRBP) gene expression by cAMP in differentiated retinoblastoma cell.” Its abstract states: Read the rest of this entry »

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September 29, 2014 at 9:30 am


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