Another busy week at Retraction Watch, with Ivan speaking in Coventry, UK. Here’s what was happening elsewhere on the web:
- Should peer reviewers be paid? That’s the question Peer Review Watch is asking. And PeerJ partners with Publons to give reviewers credit.
- “[A]n article [in Cancer] claiming that psychotherapy delays recurrence and extends survival time for breast cancer patients” should be retracted, argues a researcher unrelated to the study.
- The Mole is back. This time, he doesn’t like the idea of “impartial groups that have the mandate to test important findings to determine if they can be replicated.”
- The NIH wants to ensure that preclinical research it funds considers females and males, according to Francis Collins and Janine Clayton.
- “We also propose that evidence rating schemes are formally modified so research with conflict of interest bias is explicitly downgraded in value.”
- There are a lot of inadequate and deceptive publishing practices out there, says Kent Anderson. So what can be done?
- Don’t judge a study by its cover — aka its abstract, says Hilda Bastian.
- “[E]ven honest researchers can sometimes find it difficult to adhere to authorship guidelines.”
- In Korea, “meta-analyses should be interpreted cautiously, taking into account the possibility of duplicated studies.”
- The latest paper showing that resveratrol doesn’t do much good has science writer Virginia Hughes wondering if she should stop writing about health studies.
- “Pro tip: Don’t believe any claims about results not shown in a paper.”
- “It takes skepticism and skill to be a thoughtful health reporter,” according to a piece that quotes a presentation Ivan gave in Denver a the Association of Health Care Journalists’ annual conference.
- May’s Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Digest features news of a new module on corrections, retractions, and expressions of concern.
- The divorce rate in Maine correlates with the U.S. per capita consumption of margarine. Those and other spurious correlations should remind everyone that correlation is not causation.
- Andrew Gelman writes a post about plagiarism and publishing that is like combining “brussels sprouts and liver instead of peanut butter and chocolate.”
- What responsibilities do public information officers (PIOs) have when pitching health studies?
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