Weekend reads: Academic fraud factories; zombie science; ‘Silicon Valley’s new obsession’

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The week at Retraction Watch featured:

Our list of retracted or withdrawn COVID-19 papers is up to 207. There are now more than 32,000 retractions in our database — which now powers retraction alerts in EndNotePapers, and Zotero. And have you seen our leaderboard of authors with the most retractions lately — or our list of top 10 most highly cited retracted papers?

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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6 thoughts on “Weekend reads: Academic fraud factories; zombie science; ‘Silicon Valley’s new obsession’”

  1. Although I’m a fan of RW and I think it’s a net positive overall, could the RW founders write an article self-reflecting on their role in cancel culture and the damage they have done to scientific discourse?

    Thanks.

      1. By reporting on cases where papers are cancelled for dubious reasons and maintaining a comments section where diverse viewpoints are presented, RW ensures that no one knows about cancelled papers and dissenting views are ruthlessly suppressed.

    1. Pleaser define “cancel culture” in a coherent way that isn’t just barfing up talking points from assorting right-wing media outlets.

  2. Good to see the unjust charges against Gang Chen dropped, but I hope he will be leaving America. The American empire is the greatest enemy humanity has ever seen, and science is no objection.

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