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Meet PubPeer 2.0: New version of post-publication peer review site launches today

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Since it launched in 2012, PubPeer has grown to become a standard part of the scientific lexicon, and its numerous post-publication discussions have led to more editorial notices than we can count. But it’s also faced its share of critics, including a scientist who took the site to court to unmask commenters he alleged had cost him a job offer. The site won that case on appeal, but is today launching new features that will make it impossible for the site to reveal users’ identities, as well as easier to read and format comments. We spoke with PubPeer co-founder Brandon Stell about what to expect from the new site.

Retraction Watch: What changes have you introduced to the site?

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Written by Alison McCook

June 15th, 2017 at 8:00 am

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PubPeer founders reveal themselves, create foundation

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The creators of PubPeer dropped their own anonymity today, as part of an announcement about a new chapter in the life of the post-publication peer review site.

By now, Retraction Watch readers will be familiar with PubPeer.com. Founded in 2012, the commenting site has allowed for robust discussions of scientific papers — which in turn have led to corrections and retractions. (We regularly feature discussions there in our PubPeer Selections feature.) The site has many supporters — including us — but also some critics, one of whom has filed suit against its commenters, arguing anonymous comments cost him a job opportunity. (Late last week, PubPeer learned that a judge had granted them the right to appeal the most recent decision in that case.)

Like most of the commenters on the site, whose careers could be threatened if they were exposed as critics, the founders of the site have until now been anonymous.

Today, however, founders Brandon Stell, George Smith, and Richard Smith unmasked themselves. They are joined on a board of directors by Boris Barbour and Gabor Brasnjo. Stell and Barbour are practicing scientists, while Brasnjo, who trained as a scientist, works as an attorney. Here’s the whole statement, followed by a Q&A with Stell: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

August 31st, 2015 at 7:00 am

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PubPeer Selections: correction for Cell paper on stem cells; why omit controls; peer review report surfaces

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Written by Ivan Oransky

June 26th, 2015 at 9:30 am

PubPeer Selections: Promoting homeopathy; comments lead to Cell and JBC corrections

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pubpeerPubPeer failed to convince a Michigan judge last week that they should be able to keep the identity of one of their commenters confidential. Here’s another installment of PubPeer Selections: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

March 23rd, 2015 at 9:30 am

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PubPeer Selections: Feedback within a day; “worst examples of data;” endocrinology papers questioned

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Written by Ivan Oransky

March 11th, 2015 at 9:30 am

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PubPeer Selections: Odd citations, “practice makes perfect,” a Nature update

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Written by Ivan Oransky

February 27th, 2015 at 11:30 am

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PubPeer Selections: Good behavior earns praise; questions about HIV vaccine research

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pubpeerPubPeer continues to make its mark on the scientific literature. Here’s another installment of PubPeer Selections: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

January 22nd, 2015 at 11:30 am

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PubPeer Selections: “Too remarkable to believe;” a super-duplicate publication; what was acceptable in 2002?

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Written by Ivan Oransky

December 30th, 2014 at 11:30 am

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PubPeer Selections: Spinal injury, theoretical physics, and inherited fear

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December 12th, 2014 at 11:30 am

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PubPeer Selections: More questions about stem cells, price-shopping access charges

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Written by Ivan Oransky

December 4th, 2014 at 9:41 am

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