Weekend reads: A science BS detector; scholarly publishing’s 1%; a tenured professor is fired

The week at Retraction Watch featured the retraction of a 35-year-old paper written by a cat, and the retraction of a study about a controversial gene editing technique. Here’s what was happening elsewhere:

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3 thoughts on “Weekend reads: A science BS detector; scholarly publishing’s 1%; a tenured professor is fired”

  1. My lab head is the author of one of the top 100 most cited papers in history. The paper introduced a basic statistical method in phylogenetics, and everyone who uses that method therefore cites it–a lot of cites. But it is not his best or most influential paper; it’s just something that a great many people routinely need to cite. (Probably the vast majority of those who cite it haven’t read it.) A large proportion of the top 100 are papers of this kind.

    Or in other words, I think this is just as bad a metric as influence factor, if not worse.

  2. Kornfeld and Titus are correct, and it takes little insight to see it–it’s been said in the RW forum before: make the punishment match the offense. If one uses fraudulent means to obtain public monies, they should/must face criminal jeopardy! Civil penalties may also be appropriate when misconduct has been perpetrated.

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