Weekend reads: Underage sex comic study removed following outrage; postdoc claims retaliation; plagiarism in COVID-19 papers

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Our list of retracted or withdrawn COVID-19 papers is up to 254. There are more than 35,000 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?

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One thought on “Weekend reads: Underage sex comic study removed following outrage; postdoc claims retaliation; plagiarism in COVID-19 papers”

  1. The conclusions of the PLoS paper are interesting and in line with my own observations. Scientists of my generation tend to push back against traditional gender roles. American men my age tend to be more involved fathers and take a greater role (often equal – though maybe not quite for some families; come on, guys) in the domestic affairs of their families, so I expected men and women to be affected similarly for millenials and younger, at least within my demographic. That was the case in my own family. My wife (also a scientist) and I split the WFH + online school duties down the middle, each spending 2.5 work days per week at home with our kids. It was great to be home with them, but it had an adverse impact on both of our careers. We both lost funding, which may not have happened otherwise (or may have – who knows these days?). Just couldn’t get the grants in on time for a few cycles. Publication rate also dropped for both of us. We’ve recovered some, but nowhere near fully. It has been challenging.

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