Another busy week at Retraction Watch, beginning with a story we broke about faked HIV vaccine results that was picked up by the Des Moines Register and other outlets. Here’s what was happening elsewhere on the web:
- Have you ever thanked the Bush Administration in your paper’s acknowledgements? One group of researchers did. Find out why, and what other snarky messages scientists leave in their papers, in a fun piece at Slate.
- “If you want to be entertained (not to say amazed or even disgusted) by the retraction epidemic, I suggest visiting the Retraction Watch Web site (http://www.retractionwatch.com).” The editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Neuroradiology weighs in on the “The Fraud and Retraction Epidemic.”
- The editors of The Bone & Joint Journal also comment on research fraud in their field.
- “[M]ajor players on Wall Street and elsewhere have been aggressive in underwriting and promoting academic work,” reports the The New York Times.
- Should universities help researchers “work around” conflicts of interest?
- The “NEJM seems determined to prove that it can maintain stony-faced intellectualism at all times.” Richard Lehman’s review of the year’s batch of journal Christmas issues.
- Elsevier “has launched a wide-ranging takedown spree, demanding that several different universities take down their own scholars’ research.”