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Weekend reads: The editor who’s a dog; the fake author; a monument to peer review

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The week at Retraction Watch featured the retraction of a much-discussed paper on using blockchain to prevent scientific misconduct, and a researcher who lost nine studies at once from a single journal. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Read the rest of this entry »

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May 27th, 2017 at 9:30 am

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Weekend reads: A hoax involving a “conceptual penis;” fake reagents; plagiarism irony

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The week at Retraction Watch featured a survey of researchers in China with an alarming result, and asked whether philosophy has a plagiarism problem. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Read the rest of this entry »

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May 20th, 2017 at 9:30 am

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Weekend reads: A modern-day witch hunt; overly honest limitations; doing the right thing

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The week at Retraction Watch featured the launch of an award for doing the right thing, and a hijacked journal getting its name back. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Read the rest of this entry »

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May 6th, 2017 at 9:30 am

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Weekend reads: A “culture of fear?”; blogs vs. academic papers; neurosurgery retractions on the rise

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The week at Retraction Watch featured a new record for most retractions by a single journal, and an impassioned plea from a biostatistician for journals to clean up their act. Here’s what was happening elsewhere:  Read the rest of this entry »

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April 22nd, 2017 at 9:30 am

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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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