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Author pulls Diabetes paper with duplicated Western blots

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diabetesA researcher has retracted a paper from Diabetes after re-using some Western blots in one of the figures from other papers.

According to the retraction notice, the first and corresponding author — Eric Berglund, formerly at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee — contacted the journal himself to report the error, for which he takes full responsibility.

Here’s the retraction notice: Read the rest of this entry »

Post you may have missed: Top economists publish in predatory journals

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A technical glitch prevented another story from reaching our email subscribers earlier today, so in case you missed it:

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Written by Alison McCook

October 27th, 2016 at 2:49 pm

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Posts you may have missed: Macchiarini logs EoC, 4 retractions for cardiovascular researcher

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We get email glitches from time to time, and some alerts don’t go out to readers. In cased you missed them, here are two posts from this week that didn’t make it into your inbox:

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Written by Alison McCook

October 14th, 2016 at 2:28 pm

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Post you may have missed: E-cigarette debate triggers questions over review process

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toxicology-reportsOur email alert acted up again this morning, so some readers may have missed the first post of the day, about a controversial topic: e-cigarettes.

Click here to read “A paper on chemical safety was accepted one day after submission. Was it peer reviewed?

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Written by Alison McCook

October 5th, 2016 at 3:30 pm

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Weekend reads: Data sharing fees block access; Machiavellianism and gossip in science; “power pose” redux

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booksThe week at Retraction Watch featured a look at where retractions for fake peer review come from, and an eyebrow-raising plan that has a journal charging would-be whistleblowers a fee. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

October 1st, 2016 at 9:50 am

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Coding error sinks cancer study

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Authors of a 2016 cancer paper have retracted it after finding an error in one line of code in the program used to calculate some of the results. Reposting as our subscription software appears to be acting up again. Read the whole post here.

Written by Alison McCook

September 26th, 2016 at 9:54 am

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Weekend reads: World’s most prolific peer reviewer; replication backlash carries on; controversial PACE study re-analyzed

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booksThe week at Retraction Watch featured news of a fine for a doctor who took part in a controversial fake trial, and a likely unprecedented call for retraction by the U.S. FDA commissioner. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

September 24th, 2016 at 9:30 am

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Patients Like Me privacy breach complaint sinks paper

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A journal has removed a paper after realizing it contained a verbatim quote from a patient that could reveal the patient’s identity. Reposting as our subscription software appears to be acting up again. Read the whole post here.

Written by Ivan Oransky

September 15th, 2016 at 3:09 pm

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Ioannidis: We have “massive production of unnecessary, misleading, and conflicted systematic reviews and meta-analyses”

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Reposting this as our email alerts seem to be down again. Read full post here.

Written by Ivan Oransky

September 13th, 2016 at 9:48 am

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We have an epidemic of deeply flawed meta-analyses, says John Ioannidis

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John Ioannidis, via Stanford University

John Ioannidis, a professor at Stanford University and one of the most highly cited researchers in the world, has come up with some startling figures about meta-analyses. His new paper, published today in Milbank Quarterly (accompanied by this commentary), suggests that the number of systematic reviews and meta-analyses in literature have each increased by more than 2500% since 1991. We asked Ioannidis — who is perhaps most well known for his 2005 paper “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False” (and was featured in a previous Retraction Watch Q&A article) — why such a massive boost these publication types in scholarly literature is potentially harmful. 

Retraction Watch: You say that the numbers of systematic reviews and meta-analyses have reached “epidemic proportions,and that there is currently a “massive production of unnecessary, misleading, and conflicted systematic reviews and meta-analyses.” Indeed, you note the number of each has risen more than 2500% since 1991, often with more than 20 meta-analyses on the same topic. Why the massive increase, and why is it a problem? Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Dalmeet Singh Chawla

September 13th, 2016 at 9:00 am

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