Weekend reads: Image duplication software debuts; papers that plagiarize Wikipedia; ‘Time to Get Serious About Research Fraud’

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The week at Retraction Watch featured:

Our list of retracted or withdrawn COVID-19 papers is up to 25.

Here’s what was happening elsewhere:

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2 thoughts on “Weekend reads: Image duplication software debuts; papers that plagiarize Wikipedia; ‘Time to Get Serious About Research Fraud’”

  1. Sadly for trans authors, I don’t think it’s possible for them to divorce their previous deadname from their current name. The author objects for example to changing metadata only without changing the PDF, but changing metadata requires an update, especially if a publisher is a Crossmark participant (https://www.crossref.org/services/crossmark/). The update is important to help readers cite the author’s current name but will out the author if registered. It seems that trans authors cannot be satisfied here – the past cannot be changed without linking it to the present.

    1. That is the beauty of always using an ORCID or similar universal designation. You can keep your whole line of research intact even if your name changes as you go along. Sadly, I agree it is probably not possible to go back and change everything (and may not be legal in many countries because the old name was in fact their legal name at the time) but at least they can go forward without losing any citations, publication credits, or academic reputation from the past.

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