Weekend reads: Troubles in Romania; an erroneous erratum about fraud; Nature and discriminatory science

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4 thoughts on “Weekend reads: Troubles in Romania; an erroneous erratum about fraud; Nature and discriminatory science”

  1. That “You Can Disagree, Without Being Disagreeable” article is a lot spicier than the headline suggests. If it wasn’t a government blog it would probably be framed a lot differently.

  2. The article referred to in the “This rapid response is being attributed in a misleading way on social media” link is about acute hepatitis of unknown cause in children.

    The response, published in April 2022, may not have been peer reviewed, but the suggestion that this hepatitis was caused by adeno-associated virus type 2 appears to have correctly anticipated the cause of these hepatitis outbreaks. At least in the UK.

    See the following summary:
    https://www.statnews.com/2022/07/25/new-studies-offer-theory-on-cause-of-unusual-hepatitis-cases-in-kids/

  3. The letter by letter plagiarism in Romania is an old-scholars’ and non-experts’ business. If you want good stuff, take a look at this: https://www.bjbabe.ro/ (be confident, is not a porn site!).
    If it wasn’t sad, it would be very funny: spectacular increase in the number of citations of members of boards (editorial advisory board, local (???) editorial board, international editorial board!!!!) from one year to another, titles very far from the field of biotechnology and a plethora of anomalous citations (it seems to be the only reason to be of this science-parodical journal).
    Another interesting thing is that the journal is not published under the auspices of any university or research entity, nor any organization. Or maybe Captain Jack Sparrow took up biotechnology on an invisible ship in the Black Sea?

  4. Har Harrr. We communist romanians be looking for plunder an yee master degrees and doctorates be it sunny boy. Harrr.

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