Weekend reads: China’s scientific publishing black market, how to blow the whistle, and more
It’s been a busy week here at Retraction Watch, with breaking news about hotly debated papers from Nature and about GMOs, but there have been interesting stories about retractions and scientific misconduct elsewhere, too. Here’s a sampling:
- Nature has a profile of three whistleblowers: Uri Simonsohn, Helene Hill, and “Clare Francis.” Francis’s name will no doubt be familiar to Retraction Watch readers.
- At Science, Mara Hvistendahl reveals a thriving black market for authorship spots and papers in China.
- You’d think that the chair of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual — psychiatry’s “bible” — would know when to disclose a conflict of interest. But apparently not, writes Bernard Carroll.
- The editor of a journal that published a paper by bogus authors tells his side of the story.
- The World Health Organization has retracted a claim that Greeks were injecting themselves with HIV to get benefits.
- Two mathematicians have retracted a claim that “there was a link between Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto and the man accused of running illicit online marketplace The Silk Road,” Business Insider reports.