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Retraction Watch

Tracking retractions as a window into the scientific process

PLOS ONE retracts breast cancer genetics paper after claim of misappropriated data

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plosonePLOS ONE has retracted a 2012 article by a group of breast cancer researchers after another scientist — a leading U.S. oncologist — objected that the data came from his lab.

The paper, “GREB1 Functions as a Growth Promoter and Is Modulated by IL6/STAT3 in Breast Cancer,” came from a team composed of researchers at the Morehouse School of Medicine, Xavier University of Louisiana and the University of Miami School of Medicine. It purported to find that: Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by amarcus41

July 17, 2014 at 9:30 am

Second Nature paper by researcher found to have violated academic integrity retracted

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Pankaj Dhonukshe

A second Nature paper co-authored by Pankaj Dhonukshe, formerly of Utrecht University and VIB Ghent, has been retracted.

Here’s the notice for “Generation of cell polarity in plants links endocytosis, auxin distribution and cell fate decisions:” Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

July 16, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Poetry, politics, plagiarism, and erotics add up to a retraction

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Nizar Qabbani, via WikiMedia

Here’s a new category for us: Poetry.

Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, a comparative studies journal, has retracted a paper on gender roles in Middle Eastern poetry due to plagiarism.

Nizar Kabbani was a famed Syrian poet who wrote frankly about feminism, love, and sex. He’s well worth a read, if you have the time – here’s an excerpt from one of his more famous poems, I Have No Power: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Cat Ferguson

July 16, 2014 at 12:30 pm

PLoS ONE issues expression of concern when company won’t share bacterial strain

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plosoneThe editors of PLoS ONE have issued an expression of concern for a 2014 article on a form of nitrogen-fixing bacteria called Bacillus pumilus.

The reason: The company that provided the strain of microbe used in the research won’t let other researchers look at the organism.

The article is titled “Bacillus pumilus Reveals a Remarkably High Resistance to Hydrogen Peroxide Provoked Oxidative Stress,” and it came from a group led by Stefan Handtke, of the University of Greifswald, in Germany.

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

Written by amarcus41

July 16, 2014 at 9:30 am

Recursive plagiarism? Researchers may have published a duplicate of a study retracted for plagiarism

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acta physica sinicaSometimes plagiarism, like an onion, has layers.

That appears to be the case in a paper brought to our attention by sharp-eyed reader Vladimir Baulin, whose work was copied in a 2006 paper that Journal of Biological Physics retracted for plagiarism.

But you can’t keep a good thief down: the plagiarizing authors just popped up in a new journal with a Chinese-language version of their retracted paper, that looks an awful lot like a knock-off. Here’s a note from Baulin: Read the rest of this entry »

“Error in data compilation” leaves bitter taste for paper on sweeter-tasting pills

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A publication on a new, tastier dissolving tablet has been retracted for data errors. Here’s the brief notice for “Meloxicam Taste-Masked Oral Disintegrating Tablet with Dissolution Enhanced by Ion Exchange Resins and Cyclodextrin“: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Cat Ferguson

July 15, 2014 at 10:13 am

Taiwan’s education minister resigns in wake of SAGE peer review scandal

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jvcTaiwan’s education minister, Chiang Wei-ling, whose name appeared on several of 60 retracted articles by Peter Chen — apparently the architect of a peer review and citation syndicate we were first to report on last week — has resigned over the publishing scandal.

According to the University World News: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by amarcus41

July 14, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Posted in sage, taiwan


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