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Weekend reads: Dope-addicted doctors running drug trials; jailed for copyright violation?

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booksAnother busy week at Retraction Watch. Here’s what was happening elsewhere:

Written by Ivan Oransky

August 2nd, 2014 at 11:05 am

Posted in weekend reads

  • Jeremy Fox August 2, 2014 at 11:46 am

    That last link to the pdf on science blogging seems to be broken…

    • Ivan Oransky August 2, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Fixed, thanks.

  • Klaas van Dijk August 2, 2014 at 11:50 am

    See for the full text of the new report of Erasmus University on Don Poldermans (report is in Dutch).

    • Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva August 2, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      We all know how the impact factor is calculated, using three simple letters, A, B and C. The efforts by Thomson Reuters are slow, minimal and do not address key issues, including more transparency, open access, clarification of “review” boards for journal selection, etc. I have hammered out my criticism in 2013, already [1]. Of course, seeking a response from Thomson Reuters, I got none.

      • JATdS August 2, 2014 at 11:02 pm

        Re: the impact factor. On July 31, 2014, Frontiers in Plant Science was too young to have an IF. On August 1, 2014, the IF score was 3.6*, a higher score than some plant science journals that have been in existence, publishing good science, for decades. The unfortunate thing is that many plant scientists will be claculating the amount of money they can make off publishing in this IF score journal vs the amount of money they will have to spend on the open access fee.

    • theunderscoretraveler August 2, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      I look forward to your Saturday roundups for good, but sometimes upsetting, reading.


  • Karen Shashok August 2, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    [Perception of scientific fraud in the Spanish biomedical journals.]
    [Article in Spanish]
    Med Clin (Barc). 2014 Jul 26. pii: S0025-7753(14)00376-5. doi: 10.1016/j.medcli.2014.03.036. [Epub ahead of print]
    Martín-Arribas MC, Martínez-Hervás I, Rodríguez-Lozano I, Arias-Díaz J.

    This doesn’t seem to be available yet; it doesn’t come up anywhere on the journal’s website.

  • Mz August 2, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Is it somehow possible to limit the amount of posts by this particular reader of yours? It is getting beyond ridiculous and unfortunately the whole experience of your wonderful website is getting worse by each and every day.

  • herr doktor bimler August 2, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    the figure is generated ‘on the fly’
    Ha ha VERY FUNNY.

  • Rafał August 4, 2014 at 4:00 am

    The figures in the PeerJ preprint on p-values are very, very confusing (reporting numbers of papers as %, reporting numbers of papers of negative results, but percentages for positive etc.). I certainly hope it will get polished during the review process…

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