Weekend reads: It’s not all publish or perish?; plagiarism hunters; controls on ‘gain of function’ research weaken

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The week at Retraction Watch featured:

Our list of retracted or withdrawn COVID-19 papers is up to 151.

Here’s what was happening elsewhere (some of these items may be paywalled, metered access, or require free registration to read):

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3 thoughts on “Weekend reads: It’s not all publish or perish?; plagiarism hunters; controls on ‘gain of function’ research weaken”

  1. If your results seem wrong, you should find a colleague or a coauthor who can start from scratch looking at your data and calculations. They may be able to find a problem, although this doesn’t always work.

    In terms of ‘funding’ effects, in my experience in the US government, there is lots of subtle and not so subtle pressure to get publications by government employees to toe the party line – changing words, adding additional material, trying to weaken inconvenient findings and get them sent to a lesser journal, and so forth.

  2. Ref: “Hidden data: Public health research is at risk from suppression by governments, study finds.” – this study is now circulating amongst the anti-vax and COVID-conspiracy crowds as “proof” of government and big pharma suppression of COVID statistics and the effectiveness of anti-parasitic drugs such as Ivermectin and HCQ. Unintended consequences.

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