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Weekend reads: A course on calling bullshit?; What closure of Beall’s list means; More preprint debate

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The week at Retraction Watch featured the harrowing story of a would-be whistleblower subjected to a forced mental exam (part of our partnership with the news team at Science), and Jeffrey Beall’s site about predatory publishers going dark. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Read the rest of this entry »

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January 21st, 2017 at 9:30 am

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Weekend reads: Citation cartels; less authorship credit for women; theft by peer reviewers

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The week at Retraction Watch featured a discussion of whether peer reviewers should replicate experiments, and a look at whether social psychology really has a retraction problem. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Read the rest of this entry »

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January 14th, 2017 at 9:30 am

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Weekend reads: Pseudoscience in the literature; a world without journals; “invisible and abandoned” trials

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The week at Retraction Watch featured the heartfelt response of a researcher when she found out a paper she’d reviewed had been retracted, and a new member of our leaderboard.  Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Read the rest of this entry »

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January 7th, 2017 at 9:30 am

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Weekend reads: Fake news in science; how not to stress about science; another hilarious sting

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The final week of 2016 at Retraction Watch featured the retraction of a high-profile paper on diabetes from Harvard, and the retraction of a JAMA article on whether zinc was useful for the common cold. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Read the rest of this entry »

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December 31st, 2016 at 9:44 am

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Weekend reads: The year’s top retractions; quoting Trump leads to a firing; life without Elsevier journals

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This week at Retraction Watch featured revelations about a frequent co-author of the world’s retraction record holder, and a prison term for fraud. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Read the rest of this entry »

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December 24th, 2016 at 9:30 am

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Weekend reads: One of the most highly cited papers ever; a pharma buys peer-reviewed praise; how to get more citations

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The week at Retraction Watch featured revelations about a cancer researcher in Canada and an author’s worst nightmare come true. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Read the rest of this entry »

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December 17th, 2016 at 9:30 am

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Weekend reads: A flawed paper makes it into Nature; is science in big trouble?; a reproducibility crisis history

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The week at Retraction Watch featured a refreshingly honest retraction, and a big win for PubPeer. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Read the rest of this entry »

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December 10th, 2016 at 9:30 am

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Weekend reads: Paying peer reviewers; the embargo debate; crushed by data

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booksThis week at Retraction Watch featured some big numbers: How a request to correct a single paper turned into 19 retractions, and 18 tips for giving horrible presentations. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Read the rest of this entry »

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December 3rd, 2016 at 9:30 am

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Weekend reads: Fake scientists; fake research; major evils of modern research

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booksThe week at Retraction Watch featured the story of a graduate student who fought back after being caught in the middle of a fraud case, and the retraction of a hotly debated paper from Nature Cell Biology. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Read the rest of this entry »

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November 26th, 2016 at 9:30 am

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Weekend reads: Is the peer review system sustainable?; when to submit papers; fraud as an outbreak

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booksThe week at Retraction Watch featured news of a publisher hack, and a story about a Nature Cell Biology paper likely headed for retraction. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Read the rest of this entry »

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November 19th, 2016 at 9:30 am

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