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Weekend reads: Death of a cancer lab; women economists’ papers are more readable; self-correction grows

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The week at Retraction Watch featured a study of why researchers commit misconduct, and the story of former Northwestern scientist who sued the university for defamation. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Read the rest of this entry »

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April 15th, 2017 at 9:30 am

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Weekend reads: When reproducibility is weaponized; Internet-based paraphrasing tools; go parasites!

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The week at Retraction Watch featured a predatory journal sting involving a fake disorder from Seinfeld, and a study with disturbing findings about how retracted papers are cited. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Read the rest of this entry »

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April 8th, 2017 at 9:30 am

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Weekend reads: What’s the real rate of misconduct?; research parasites win awards; preprints’ watershed moment

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The week at Retraction Watch featured the strange story of a reappearing retracted study, and the retraction of a study showing a link between watching violent cartoons and verbal skills. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Read the rest of this entry »

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April 1st, 2017 at 9:28 am

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Weekend reads: The risks of spotlighting reproducibility; harassment = scientific misconduct?; trouble with funnel plots

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The week at Retraction Watch featured the case of a peer review nightmare, and a story about harassment by a would-be scientific critic. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Read the rest of this entry »

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March 25th, 2017 at 10:00 am

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Weekend reads: Investigations need sunlight; should we name fraudster names?; how to kill predatory journals

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The week at Retraction Watch featured a lawsuit threat following criticism of a popular education program, and the new editor of PLOS ONE’s explanation of why submissions are down. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Read the rest of this entry »

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March 18th, 2017 at 9:30 am

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Weekend reads: A publisher sends the wrong message on data sharing; jail for scientific fraud; pigs fly

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The week at Retraction Watch featured three new ways companies are trying to scam authors, and a look at why one journal is publishing a running tally of their retractions. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Read the rest of this entry »

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March 11th, 2017 at 9:31 am

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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: Read the rest of this entry »

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March 4th, 2017 at 9:30 am

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Weekend reads: They committed misconduct, then earned $100 million in grants; collateral publishing damage

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The week at Retraction Watch featured a frank admission of error by a Nobel Prize winner, and a look at five “diseases” plaguing science. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Read the rest of this entry »

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February 25th, 2017 at 9:30 am

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Weekend reads: The upside of predatory publishers; why no one replicates; the pain of manuscript submission

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The week at Retraction Watch featured a retraction of a state senator’s paper, and an editor busted for citation boosting. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Read the rest of this entry »

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February 18th, 2017 at 9:30 am

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Weekend reads: Sugar paper tussle at a reunion; “Sex, lies, and video-taped experiments;” p-value harm?

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The week at Retraction Watch featured the retraction of a psychology paper because of manipulation by an unnamed graduate student, and a tale about the cost of being a whistleblower, even when you’re successful. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Read the rest of this entry »

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February 11th, 2017 at 9:30 am

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