Meet the new Retraction Watch editor: Alison McCook

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Alison McCook

Retraction Watch readers, please join us in welcoming Alison McCook to the fold.

We’re thrilled that McCook, an award-winning Philadelphia-based science writer and editor, began as editor today.

Adam and Ivan have both had the pleasure of working with Alison over the years. Ivan met her when she was a reporter for Reuters Health more than ten years ago, and in 2005 he hired her as his deputy at The Scientist. She took over his role there when he left in 2008, and in 2009 wrote an insightful feature on “Life After Fraud.”

More recently, she has also worked as an editor of the comment and feature sections of Nature, where she worked on the Glenn Begley-Lee Ellis piece on reproducibility that has sparked a lot of conversation.

McCook is the second person we’ve been able to hire thanks to the generosity of the MacArthur Foundation. Now that she’s on board, look for more coverage of retractions, deeper dives for other outlets, and for news about the retraction database we’ve begun to build.

8 thoughts on “Meet the new Retraction Watch editor: Alison McCook”

  1. Great news! Every additional hand / brain is more than needed to fight the malignant disease of science, i.e. scientific misconduct. I am very much looking forward reading the first piece by Alison!

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