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Tracking retractions as a window into the scientific process

Springer fake paper tally up to 18

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springerWe have some updates on the case of more than 120 fake SCIgen conference proceedings papers that slipped into IEEE and Springer journals.

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April 21, 2014 at 11:30 am

Retraction Watch is hiring an intern: Here’s how to apply

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anniversaryRetraction Watch readers: We need help.

As many of our loyal tipsters know, the list of retractions and related stories that we can’t get to just keeps getting longer. And as we grow, we want to groom a stable of paid freelance — and perhaps one day full-time — Retraction Watch contributors.

So with that in mind — and knowing that it can be difficult for early-career journalists to gain experience in accountability journalism — we’ve decided the an internship is the first investment we’ll make with funds our generous supporters have sent us.

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April 21, 2014 at 9:30 am

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Brutal honesty: Author takes to PubPeer to announce retraction — and tells us she’ll lose PhD, professorship

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Eriko Suzuki

Eriko Suzuki

Over the past week, there have been a number of comments on PubPeer — a site of which we’re big fans — about a 2007 paper in Oncogene.

The comments suggested that the figures in the paper had problems. Some bands seemed to be duplicated, and one of the images looked very much like that of another paper.

Then, today, first author Eriko Suzuki left this comment: Read the rest of this entry »

Weekend reads: How to rescue science, what “censorship” really means, worst paper of the year?

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booksAnother very busy week at Retraction Watch. There were a lot of gems elsewhere. Here’s a sampling: Read the rest of this entry »

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April 19, 2014 at 10:11 am

Authors retract study suggesting magnesium prevents Alzheimer’s in mice

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j neuroscienceThe authors of a 2013 Journal of Neuroscience study suggesting that “elevation of brain magnesium…may have therapeutic potential for treating [Alzheimer's disease] in humans” have retracted it after finding errors in the work.

Here’s the original abstract:

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Doing the right thing: Physicists retract paper after becoming aware of “a fundamental error”

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prl-bannerThe authors of a paper in Physical Review Letters have retracted it, after another researcher pointed out a mistake.

F. Sattin and D.F. Escande write in the notice for “Alfvénic Propagation: A Key to Nonlocal Effects in Magnetized Plasmas” (which is behind a paywall) that after the paper was published, they “we became aware of a fundamental error in the normalization of our equations.” Excerpt: Read the rest of this entry »

Stem cell researcher in Korea up to half a dozen retractions

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stem cellsAlmost two years ago, we brought you — with the help of Trevor Stokes — the story of a stem cell researcher in Korea whose publication record, and career, unraveled after evidence of image manipulation surfaced in her work.

We’ve reported on four retractions, all in Antioxidants & Redox Signaling, by Soo-Kyung Kang, formerly of Seoul National University resulting from the efforts of a whistleblower. There has been another in Human Gene Therapy: Read the rest of this entry »

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