Weekend reads: Papers from prison; profs’ kids as co-authors; a history journal flap

The week at Retraction Watch featured a look at whether scientists in industry or academia admit to more misconduct, another strange publication twist for a vaccine study, and the correction of a study that claimed anti-gay attitudes could take more than a decade off of gay peoples’ lifespans. Here’s what was happening elsewhere:

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3 thoughts on “Weekend reads: Papers from prison; profs’ kids as co-authors; a history journal flap”

  1. In re child co-authors of professor parents in South Korea, the following data from the news article are worth noting: “Of the 82 cases that included offspring attribution, some 43 cases listed offspring as co-authors for ‘no valid reason’, according to the ministry study. The remainder were associated with programmes where secondary school students link with universities that help them write research papers.” So some cases of co-authorship are genuine, but not all.

  2. “The remainder were associated with programmes where secondary school students link with universities that help them write research papers.” So some cases of co-authorship are genuine, but not all.”

    Well, not necessarily. The question always arises as to whether these students’ contributions to the papers are substantive enough to merit authorship as per most established guidelines. If yes, fine. If not then one negative outcome of unmerited authorship is that the student may be assumed to possess a level of expertise that, in reality, s/he lacks, giving that student an unfair advantage over others who are competing for the same scholarship award, or seat in a college or graduate program.

  3. Re: 1000+ author papers; that must be about one word per author!
    If we assume that some of the more senior authors may have hogged an entire sentence to themselves, that leaves the junior authors tussling for the authorship of a single word!

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