Weekend reads: Harvard sued over retracted paper; ‘retraction with honor’; critiquing our fake peer review coverage

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The week at Retraction Watch featured:

Our list of retracted or withdrawn COVID-19 papers is up to 250. There are more than 34,000 retractions in our database — which powers retraction alerts in EndNoteLibKeyPapers, 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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One thought on “Weekend reads: Harvard sued over retracted paper; ‘retraction with honor’; critiquing our fake peer review coverage”

  1. The critique of Retraction Watch’s coverage of fake peer reviews by Kirsten Bell is interesting. Not sure where they were going with it all, other than that RW was making a mountain out of a molehill, because it was so rare. I think her real complain was with Taylor and Francis’s knee jerk overreaction by not allow authors to suggest reviewers, lest they be suggesting themselves or their confederates.

    BUT, I totally commend her openness in the acknowledgements:
    “An incipient version of this paper was presented in the Anthroehampton seminar series (twice, given the severe bout of food poisoning that struck ten minutes into the first attempt) and benefited from the discussion it generated.” So what was “it” that generated the discussion? The paper or the food poisoning mishap at the podium? Complex sentences are just so easy to mixup what clause a modifier refers to, especially when separated by a lot of other words. Commendable perseverance in making a presentation, however.

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