Retraction Watch

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Weekend reads: Making research true; peer review in Shakespeare; a 79-year-old postdoc

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booksThe week at Retraction Watch began with the retraction of a paper touted by Dr. Oz. Here’s what was happening elsewhere:

Written by Ivan Oransky

October 25th, 2014 at 9:30 am

Posted in weekend reads

  • Albert Gjedde October 25, 2014 at 9:44 am

    In the photo accompanying the entry “•First, it was Bob Dylan lyrics. Now, we learn that researchers have been adding “a reference to mothers in leopard-print G-strings” to papers”, the knickers in question obviously are not of the G-string variety. I am sure that Retraction Watch will retract that claim.

    • JATdS October 25, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      Have you read the Acknowledgement of the Ioannidis paper? It states: “Author Contributions: Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: JPAI. Wrote the paper: JPAI. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: JPAI. Conceived the ideas and concepts discussed: JPAI.” I should expect so: there is only one author.

      • Dave Langers October 26, 2014 at 11:13 am

        Those requirements are not just meant to ward off gift authorships to those who were not sufficiently involved; they also serve to prevent ghost-authorships. So these are not necessarily “obvious” statements to make, I guess…

  • Rolf Degen October 26, 2014 at 5:08 am

    Six professors of sports medicine at German University of Freiburg are under suspicion of plagiarism. Sounds unsportsmanlike.

    • Leonid Schneider October 26, 2014 at 10:03 am

      There seems to be a problem with your link. Are those the same involved in Tour de France doping?

      • Rolf Degen October 26, 2014 at 10:08 am

        Those are not the same, but these things are related.

        • Leonid Schneider October 26, 2014 at 1:10 pm

          Thanks Rolf! One wonders, with all these plagiarism scandals in Germany, are they a sign of a worse than elsewhere misconduct epidemic or the result of what would come out everywhere if someone simply starts looking?

          • Rolf Degen October 26, 2014 at 2:40 pm

            When you say “all these plagiarism scandals”, you probably refer to the suspiciously high number of German politicians losing their doctorates because of plagiarism. I don’t know if this is unique to our country. It could also be due to the fact that we have a very active internet platform of volunteers, Vroniplag, who are hunting for plagiarisms.

          • John Mashey October 26, 2014 at 6:04 pm

            Again, I’d recommend Deborah Weber-Wulf’s False Feathers, whcih has much on Vroniplag and related topics.

  • Mitch McGill October 28, 2014 at 6:37 am

    Maybe the Dowling story offers a solution to the problematic glut of young postdocs and dearth of faculty positions. When a prof hits 65 (though Dowling waited til age 79 – which is typical in academics), make them step down to a postdoc. That way labs can remain staffed with cheap experienced labor while young people can move ahead. Kidding, of course, but really any solution is welcome and I haven’t heard many better solutions.

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