Weekend reads: A prominent journal goes wrong; medical journals and politics; a journal with an editorial board full of dead people

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The week at Retraction Watch featured:

Our list of retracted or withdrawn COVID-19 papers is up to 35.

Here’s what was happening elsewhere:

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4 thoughts on “Weekend reads: A prominent journal goes wrong; medical journals and politics; a journal with an editorial board full of dead people”

  1. Yes pay us for peer review – but since its a professional duty, pay us in tangible lab support. That would be less ethically fraught, and for me at least, would be far more motivating – its a shortage of lab funds, not personal funds, that keeps me awake at 3AM.

  2. Would Richard Horton have been so quick to publish a study in the Lancet decrying the safety of HCQ had it been President Obama taking it? I think not.

    1. Accusations of hypocrisy that are based on someone’s hypothetical behaviour in an alternative universe are not very convincing.

      1. “Accusations of hypocrisy that are based on someone’s hypothetical behaviour in an alternative universe are not very convincing.”

        Well. They are not very convincing of the truth of the accusations of hypocrisy. They are often at least somewhat convincing of various hypotheses about the actual behavior, in this universe, of the unconvincing accuser!

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