Weekend reads: Hydroxychloroquine champion faces ethics charges; a serial plagiarist in philosophy; another author reaches 100 retractions

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The week at Retraction Watch featured:

Our list of retracted or withdrawn COVID-19 papers is up to 38.

Here’s what was happening elsewhere:

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6 thoughts on “Weekend reads: Hydroxychloroquine champion faces ethics charges; a serial plagiarist in philosophy; another author reaches 100 retractions”

  1. At tea this morning with my wife (yes, we are fans of Masterpiece Theater, etc., etc.) My wife pointed out that her first husband was a patent attorney and had to be very, very careful in his literature searches to ensure that something related to a patent hadn’t been previously published.

    I realized that this may be a major driver of all this “fake” publishing: “Get published first as a marker for later copyright or patents.” I’m not in science or education, merely a very concerned (umm…appalled) citizen regarding the state of “truth” in our culture. Perhaps all those MAGA-hats actually do have a valid point: can they really trust science? Ouch. 🤯

    Perhaps you, with a clear concern for, commitment to, and knowledge of this subject, could write a major article (say, for The Atlantic, NY Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair) identifying the prime drivers of all these retractions: Achieving tenure? Corporatism? Qualifying for Ph.Ds? Other? And how are they ranked?

    Thanks for your important work!

  2. Would it be possible for there to be a notation next to links in the Weekend Reads when the link directs to a paywalled article?

    1. Very much agreed to this, lots of the time I clicked on the link to get directed to an article behind paywall…annoying.

  3. Raoult is being hounded because of his early research into hydroxychloroquine.

    Accinelli’s paper showed that the key variable in HCQ treatment is that it should begin within 72 hours to minimize mortality from covid. This is strong evidence that Raoult was correct, but just missed a key variable.

    Accinelli’s paper also shows the mud on the face of the FDA, which said, “Hospitalized patients were likely to have greater prospect of benefit (compared to ambulatory patients with mild illness) and could be more closely monitored for potential toxicity, although it
    was recognized that enrollment in a clinical trial would be the best option when using these drugs so that data on safety and effectiveness could be obtained.”

    Clearly, based on Accinelli, treatment within 72 hours of symptom onset is key to prevent covid progression…after all, hospitalized patients went through the phase of being ambulatory with mild illness.

    It’s really a shame that Accinelli’s paper has been overlooked by almost all.

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