Retraction Watch

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The week at Retraction Watch featured an update on a Harvard lab whose PI is subject to a restraining order by one of his grad students, and the retraction of a paper that used male-only pronouns. Here’s what was happening elsewhere:

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Written by Ivan Oransky

July 29th, 2017 at 9:30 am

Posted in weekend reads

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  • Bort July 29, 2017 at 10:25 am

    “I find the episode amusing because it allows us to calculate just how far behind the time surgeons are,” Richard Smith, a member of our parent non-profit’s board of directors, writes of a recent retraction because of the use of male-only pronouns. “The answer is 30 years. I say this because the BMJ introduced a policy of non-sexist or inclusive language in 1987.”
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    I don’t understand this comment. The exclusive use of “his” in the article was based on a translation error from Polish.

  • VT July 29, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    “Stop running science like a business” The person spouting this nonsense is a hypocrite.

    The guy is a successful academic and there is no doubt that he gets to where he is today through endorsing the business model in doing science to stockpile his collection of papers and grants.

    Now he turns around and tell everyone to not do it…

    I’m a struggling postdoc, about to quit science because doing vigorous research is leading me nowhere. Low publication output and grant income will eventually drive you out of research.

  • TL July 31, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Bort
    “I find the episode amusing because it allows us to calculate just how far behind the time surgeons are,” Richard Smith, a member of our parent non-profit’s board of directors, writes of a recent retraction because of the use of male-only pronouns. “The answer is 30 years. I say this because the BMJ introduced a policy of non-sexist or inclusive language in 1987.”
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    I don’t understand this comment. The exclusive use of “his” in the article was based on a translation error from Polish.

    Maybe this confirms medical journal editorial assistants are sexist?

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