Weekend reads: Fired for fake peer review; world’s most prolific fraudster; peer reviewers behaving badly?

The week at Retraction Watch featured a post on just how much an authorship costs if you want to buy one, anger over charges to use a common research tool, and the revocation of a PhD from a once-rising star scientist. Here’s what was happening elsewhere:

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One thought on “Weekend reads: Fired for fake peer review; world’s most prolific fraudster; peer reviewers behaving badly?”

  1. The article on poets who plagiarize wholesale (even to the extent of submitting as the “creative component” of a doctoral dissertation an entire book by another poet) is astounding and depressing.

    By changing the domain of reference of the quotation from Raghu Murtugudde in the last item above, I get the following statement, which I think is also valid: “Enjoying being a poet is not about trying to publish in the New Yorker or Poetry all the time. It is about seeing yourself make progress on a problem you have set out to work on.” (The last sentence is exactly Murtugudde’s.) Of course my statement, like his, records an aspiration, not the state of the world of poets or researchers as seen by many of both groups; alas.

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