Weekend reads: Suicide after misconduct; taxonomic vandalism; a disastrous Nature editorial

The week at Retraction Watch featured a battle over psychologists and torture, a case of misconduct at Harvard, allegations of bribery, and a lawsuit against the New York Times. Here’s what was happening elsewhere:

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4 thoughts on “Weekend reads: Suicide after misconduct; taxonomic vandalism; a disastrous Nature editorial”

  1. > “Australian health research institute tried to circumvent author signature requirements for a paper by redirecting their emails to his own account.”

    The comments in the Australian newspaper about this report are concerning because the theme of the majority of the comments is “this is no big deal because Prof Stewart was simply being expedient in getting a paper published”. In other words, the ends justify the means. Prof Stewart tried to hack into a colleague’s email account to sign a legal document as that person. These acts are both unethical (breach of privacy and autonomy of the colleague) and illegal (forging documents by pretending to be that person).

  2. “A researcher in Queensland, Australia, is arguing that a university is handling a research misconduct investigation into his work “in a way that amounted to bullying.” (Bernard Lane, The Australian”

    Just want to point out that details on this news is behind a paywall

  3. VT
    “A researcher in Queensland, Australia, is arguing that a university is handling a research misconduct investigation into his work “in a way that amounted to bullying.” (Bernard Lane, The Australian”
    Just want to point out that details on this news is behind a paywall

    If you go to it via google it’ll be unblocked. i.e. search for
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/researcher-fights-misconduct-charge/news-story/2c3bae5adff2ca1516e059547d0835cb in google, and click on the first result so that google is the referrer.

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