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Weekend reads: Förster defense crumbling, peer-reviewed journalism, heated rhetoric about replication

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booksAnother busy week at Retraction Watch, with Harvard dominating the news about scientific misconduct here and elsewhere. Here’s what else was happening around the web:

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Written by Ivan Oransky

May 31, 2014 at 9:30 am

Posted in weekend reads

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  1. I love the Gilbert quote. We’re not just “bullies,” we’re “little bullies”!

    Andrew Gelman

    May 31, 2014 at 1:00 pm

  2. I think the link to the Leeds PhD story needs to be corrected. It is the student’s PhD scholarship (her funding in US language) that has been revoked, not her PhD degree.

    Sir Jefferson

    May 31, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    • Interesting. Story says “She later had her PhD revoked in August 2011…” Is that an error?


      June 2, 2014 at 8:37 am

      • Hi Ivan. Yes, the statement ” “She later had her PhD revoked in August 2011…” is an error. The person referred to in the article had been a PhD candidate (as the story correctly states), but was never awarded a PhD degree.

        The correct statement would be “She later had her PhD _funding_ revoked in August 2011…” Basically, the university decided that she was not making satisfactory progress in her doctoral research and decided to end (i.e. revoke) her funding in August 2011. More recently (April 19th, 2014), a ‘final’ decision was made to remove her from the PhD program, which is why the case is in the news now.

        There’s more on the many ‘ins and outs’ of this case from the POV of the PhD candidate here:


        Sir Jefferson

        June 2, 2014 at 10:06 pm

        • Thanks very much. Fixed.


          June 3, 2014 at 3:54 pm

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