Retraction Watch

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Weekend reads: How to speed up peer review; the whipsaw of science news headlines; data-sharing stance sparks resignation request

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The week at Retraction Watch featured more fallout from a citation-boosting episode, and a look at when animal research becomes unnecessary and cruel. Here’s what was happening elsewhere:

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Written by Ivan Oransky

March 4th, 2017 at 9:30 am

Posted in weekend reads

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  • herr doktor bimler March 5, 2017 at 3:56 am

    This study may seem banal, but it heralds uncertainty about the reproducibility of yawning research

    I did not realise until reading the SLATE item that Gallup and Platek — authors of the “semen-is-antidepressant-because-oxytocin” theory — were also pioneers in the field of yawning-contagion research.
    http://retractionwatch.com/2011/04/06/forget-chocolate-on-valentines-day-try-semen-says-surgery-news-editor-retraction-resignation-follow/#comment-20772
    http://eusa-riddled.blogspot.com/2017/01/teste-moaning.html

  • Chris Mebane March 5, 2017 at 9:27 am

    “[A]uthors infringe copyright most of the time not because they are not allowed to self-archive, but because they use the wrong version, which might imply their lack of understanding of copyright policies and/or complexity and diversity of policies.”

    Perhaps its more like, authors are indifferent to copyright because there are seldom penalties. To move forward with publishing, authors sign copyright transfer agreements that spell it out in clear language. It’s not just the publishers’ vs. authors’ versions. The abstract (as far as I could read) didn’t mention embargoes, which are commonly 1-year. I expect most ResearchGate members who post copyrighted versions blow those off too.

  • herr doktor bimler March 8, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Brian Wansink, the head of Cornell’s Food and Brand lab, is under renewed scrutiny amid allegations of data irregularities and duplicate publications.

    Nick Brown at Groningen, who is documenting the duplication of text and numerical results in Wansink’s food-control research output, is the same guy who previously documented the amount of made-up stuff in Barbara Frederickson’s positive-psychology hocus-pocus, and helped discredit the sadness-affects-colour-vision nonsense from Eliot’s laboratory. Kudos to Brown. Have you considered interviewing him for Retractionwatch?

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