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The week at Retraction Watch featured the retraction of a paper on a “gut makeover,” a retraction following a mass resignation from an editorial board, and the resignation of a management researcher who admitted to misconduct. Here’s what was happening elsewhere:
- The NIH imposed unusual new requirements on Duke researchers following concerns over how the institution handled recent cases of misconduct. Our latest in Science.
- “In the end, science has to stand the test of time, not the test of what journal you happened to get it into during your lifetime as a scientist.” (Sylvia McLain; Girl, Interrupting)
- “Fake Peer Review: What We’ve Learned at Retraction Watch.” A presentation by our Ivan Oransky. And a video in which he talks about preliminary findings from our new retraction database.
- A psychologist has agreed to pay back more than $130,000 to resolve allegations that he submitted false claims to earn grants. (Jonathan Silver, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
- Did studies of antipsychotics demonstrate a “flagrant conflict of interest?” Marie Claude-Malbouef reports. (La Presse, in French)
- Should science lower the accepted p value threshold to .005? John Ioannidis considers, in JAMA.
- Two plastic surgeons in South Korea are fighting over claims that a textbook was plagiarized. (Song Soo-Youn, Korea Biomedical Review)
- A story about a new lab approach that appeared in the Case Western student newspaper plagiarized a university news release, and has been retracted. (The Observer)
- The Grumpy Geophysicist is quite grumpy about preprints in earth science. (Craig Jones)
- A new preprint suggests “that the reproducibility problems discovered in psychology are also likely to be present in ecology and evolution.” (Open Science Framework)
- A systematic study of the India’s University Grants Commission’s (UGC) approved list of journals found “a huge number of dubious or predatory journals which publish substandard papers for a small fee with very little peer-reviewing, if at all.” (R. Prasad, The Hindu)
- “Our reliance on journal articles needs a redefinition, if not a shift,” say Tom Jefferson and Lars Jorgensen. (BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine)
- “If authors giving peer reviewers grief is a thing that happens to plenty of people, should we discuss if contact at all is appropriate?” Hilda Bastian looks at signing peer reviews. (Absolutely Maybe)
- “Last Fall This Scholar Defended Colonialism,” writes Vimal Patel. “Now He’s Defending Himself.” (The Chronicle of Higher Education) Background on this case from our archives.
- Want to know if that aquaculture journal is legit or predatory? A group of researchers has a new rubric. (Frontiers in Marine Science)
- A professor admitted Monday that she “had criminal sexual contact with a disabled man who was unable to speak” — and who had allegedly penned a now-retracted paper. (Thomas Moriarty, NJ.com)
- “As a major clinical trial in cardiology nears completion it has provoked a storm of criticism and controversy.” (Cardiobrief)
- “The National Institutes of Health will examine whether health officials violated federal policy against soliciting donations when they met with alcohol companies to discuss funding a study of the benefits of moderate drinking,” reports Roni Caryn Rabin, who reported earlier this week that some were asking questions about the study. (New York Times)
- “President Donald Trump’s likely pick to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is facing significant criticism because of a 20-year-old controversy over shoddy HIV research,” reports Marisa Taylor. (Kaiser Health News)
- A retraction earns a correction. (Scientific Reports)
- Scholarship is being damaged all over the world, write Mary Jane Curry and Theresa Lillis, because English is the lingua franca of journals. (Inside Higher Ed)
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