Another busy week at Retraction Watch, with a lot of media attention to a story about 60 retractions at a single journal for peer review fraud, and our op-ed in yesterday’s New York Times. Here’s what was happening elsewhere:
- “[P] eer review, it appears, is less reliable than it sounds,” says The Guardian.
- Merck threatened to sue a public health official for criticizing two of its drugs, The BMJ reports. They apparently thought better of the approach after it came to light, however.
- “A new study finds that very few scientists—fewer than 1%—manage to publish a paper every year.”
- Research is coming under pressure, reports Karen Seidman of the Montreal Gazette, with the “‘Publish or perish’ mindset looming over most university research facilities.”
- An “expression of concern” sounds like something you’d find in a Hallmark card, someone told Charles Seife. So he rendered the PNAS expression of concern about the Facebook study in verse.
- The decline of a once-prestigious cardiology journal is heartbreaking, writes Jeffrey Beall.
- Another Harvard professor has made a poor argument against replication efforts, writes Neuroskeptic. The piece also gave rise to a Twitter hashtag, #MethodsWeDontReport.
- Here’s a lawsuit involving Retractable Technologies.
- Several researchers respond to last fall’s predatory open access publisher sting by Science.
- “Scientists’ grasp of confidence intervals doesn’t inspire confidence,” says Tom Siegfried.
- Science is adding an extra set of statistical checks to its review process.
- More than 250 scientists have threatened to boycott “the European Commission’s $1.6 billion effort to create a computer simulation of the human brain,” The Scientist reports.
- Do retractions actually hurt journals? asks Lenny Teytelman.
Bonus: Ivan will be on Boston’s WXKS & WJMN today at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. with Bill Frezza of the Real Clear Radio Hour.
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