Weekend reads: Coronavirus meets scientific publishing; publish or perish loses in court; retractions in cancer research

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5 thoughts on “Weekend reads: Coronavirus meets scientific publishing; publish or perish loses in court; retractions in cancer research”

  1. Link to THE story about researcher Lucy Zhao being sacked by Professor David Michayluk at University of Technology Sydney for not publishing enough in top tier journals is paywalled. Searching these terms brings up a readable article at the Sydney Morning Herald.

  2. “A non-placebo control may have obscured an accurate assessment of safety and the participant consent process of some trials raises ethical concerns.”

    Nothing like the tag-team of Doshi and Jefferson. This bit is particularly risible:

    “According to qHPV vaccine’s prescribing information, each dose of vaccine contains ‘9.56 mg of sodium chloride, 0.78 mg of L-histidine, 50 mcg of polysorbate 80, 35 mcg of sodium borate, <7 mcg yeast protein/dose and water’, in addition to AAHS and HPV virus-like particles.[32–34] To test HPV virus-like particles, as the manufacturer stated was its intention in using an AAHS control, the control would logically have also included these other ingredients in addition to AAHS."

    Oh, no! A (tiny amount of an) essential amino acid might be conspiring with NaCl and using polysorbate 80 to sneak under the door. Can't we think of the children?

  3. As always, great reads and a “feel-good” procrastination in these strange times. I do, however, have a suggestion. Could these weekend reads be divvied up into “free to read” section on top and “paywall AND registered users e t c” below?

    I really don’t want to give NYT or any other outlet my information just to read one article.

    Keep up the good work!

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