Weekend reads: Sabotage in the lab; a lab animal database disappears; PACE authors push back

The week at Retraction Watch featured the launch of the greatest journal ever, and a story about the backlash against widely covered research on why men eat more. Here’s what was happening elsewhere:

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11 thoughts on “Weekend reads: Sabotage in the lab; a lab animal database disappears; PACE authors push back”

  1. Regarding the deletion of Academi.edu accounts, I think the same could apply to ResearchGate accounts as this is also a monetized and private company that collect money on the back of its members.

  2. Regarding Khaled Moustafa’s assertion that formatting is onerous to authors prior to submission, the editors use the media format to guide their own review. An editor that has to wade through whatever format the author has chosen to submit is less likely to consider the merits of the submission than another submission that requires less effort to shoehorn into the journal’s guidelines.

  3. Actually, playing a bit with the different LaTeX styles is so relaxing. I love the moment when the manuscript is finally ready: references have been double checked, pics and captions as well, all the coauthors read it for the last time. You have already agreed upon the journal you are submitting to, but just to postpone the last and final moment, you check how the manuscript would have looked like with another outfit…

    1. Then you find out the journal you are trying to submit to demands submissions in Word, formatted to their specific niche style of course, and throw your computer out the window.

      1. Just don’t submit to such journals: the more people boycott such unadapted relics, the faster they will become extinct 😉

        1. Doing so limits severely the number of medical journals one is willing to submit to and will lead to some rather unhappy co-authors.

  4. That sabotage in the lab should be a felony, it’s beyond misdemeanor. It’s an assault on the professional life of Teodora Ross, not merely a waste and squander of valuable resources.
    Every lab should watch out for this possibility.

  5. Regarding the article by Thaler & Karas (“Poor supervision is not available as the basis for a research misconduct finding”), I fundamentally disagree.

    The authors state the following… “unless the accused scientist himself/herself, actually engaged in fabrication, falsification or plagiarism, there can be no finding of research misconduct”.

    This ignores the role of a supervisor or PI in KNOWINGLY permitting an underling (trainee) to engage in such practices. Holding a federal grant, and allowing people in your lab to commit misconduct, does not absolve one of culpability. If you create an environment conducive to misconduct, you’re just as much to blame as the minions who partake of it.

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