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Retraction Watch

Tracking retractions as a window into the scientific process

Journal expresses concerns over “possible data irregularities” in paper from Army medical center docs

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JAADThe Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology has issued an expression of concern about a 2012 article reporting the experience of military burn unit treating a rare ailment called toxic epidermal necrolysis.

According to the notice, which is behind a paywall (for shame!), the paper appears to have overstated the number of cases the hospital itself has treated of the life-threatening condition: Read the rest of this entry »

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Neuroscientist who threatened to sue Science-Fraud.org, retracted two papers is out at Tufts

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Gizem Donmez, via Tufts

Gizem Donmez, a neuroscientist who has retracted two papers from Cell and the Journal of Biological Chemistry, is no longer in her position at Tufts University, Retraction Watch has learned.

A Tufts spokesperson confirmed the news for us yesterday: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

October 16, 2014 at 9:00 am

Authors retract HER-2 endometrial cancer paper for 2x publication

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OGSFile this one under strange excuses.

A cancer paper was retracted on September 17 for a double publication. According to the notice in which the authors admit to duplicating the “opening to the readers,” which we assume is the introduction, there was no need to cite the article “because it had not yet been printed at that time.”

Here’s the notice for “The effect of HER-2 polymorphism according to age on the risk and pathologic feature of endometrial cancer”: Read the rest of this entry »

“Several scientific errors” sink physics paper after rewrite opportunity

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canadian journal of physicsWe don’t love this somewhat incoherent retraction for a paper on coherent states, although luckily the publisher was prompt with telling us a little more about what happened.

On October 2, a 2008 physics paper, “Generation of a superposition of coherent states in a resonant cavity and its nonclassicality and decoherence,” was retracted for “several scientific errors,” pointed out by a comment published in the same journal. The original authors rewrote the paper, but it was not up to the standards of Canadian Journal of Physics, so it was rejected, and the original was retracted.

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

PubPeer Selections: PubPeer comments lead to Science correction; crystal structure in triplicate

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pubpeerHere’s another installment of PubPeer Selections: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

October 14, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Ripping off someone else’s thesis sinks paper on chicken temperatures

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ISB_IJBProof that people will plagiarize anything they think they can get away with: a Brazilian scientist plagiarized a masters’ student’s thesis on the surface temperature of chickens.

We spoke with International Journal of Biometeorology editor-in-chief Scott Sheridan about the case: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Cat Ferguson

October 14, 2014 at 9:30 am

How meta: Paper on errors retracted for “too many stupid mistakes”

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Measurement-in-Physical-Education-and-Exercise-ScienceA paper published in Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science has been retracted for statistical and typographical mistakes.

Here’s the notice for “Comparing Measurement Error Between Two Different Methods of Measurement of Various Magnitudes”: Read the rest of this entry »

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