Another busy week at Retraction Watch, which kicked off with our announcement that we’re hiring a paid intern. Here’s what was happening elsewhere around the web:
- Is the notion of self-plagiarism creating a moral panic?
- Women have a more difficult time obtaining grants than men do, argues an anonymous academic in The Guardian.
- This is peer review? “[T]he editor, not getting any comments back from his peer reviewers, just decided to publish it…”
- “Save time with grants and papers by writing yourself a rejection letter immediately” and “Avoid having to retract your paper by actually doing honest science in the first place” — two of The Allium’s top tips for scientists.
- “Science journalism’s job is to tell the stories that explore the murky underbelly of science…,” says former BBC science editor Susan Watts.
- A history of peer review since 1731, and a look at whether anonymous peer review is useful.
- Another sting of predatory publishers, this one in the Ottawa Citizen.
- JAMA editor in chief Howard Bauchner talks about how “health care is becoming more evidence-based, and yet how difficult it is to turn data into clinical guidelines that everyone will follow.”
- Who’s publishing in BMJ Open, PeerJ, PLOS ONE, and SAGE Open?
- Was that study really about concussions? “The press release that fell and hit its head.”
- “When a Scholar is One Among 500, What Does it Mean to be ‘An Author’?”
- More criticism of the marijuana-brain changes study.
- With fewer than 8% of PhD candidates likely to end up in tenure-track positions, academia is becoming the “alternative” career path.
- Australian funding agencies are withholding more than $8 million in funding awarded to Levon Khachigian, who has had four papers retracted and other corrected amidst an investigation.
- A journal editor reflects on what happened since he left his post in 1989: “I was able to report in my last editorial that I was not aware of any serious fraud, but just a couple of issues related to double publication and plagiarism.” (subscription required)
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