Weekend reads: When scholars sue; why university rankings reward bad science; AI making its way into publishing

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The week at Retraction Watch featured:

Our list of retracted or withdrawn COVID-19 papers is up to more than 350. There are now 42,000 retractions in our database — which powers retraction alerts in EdifixEndNoteLibKeyPapers, and Zotero. The Retraction Watch Hijacked Journal Checker now contains 200 titles. 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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3 thoughts on “Weekend reads: When scholars sue; why university rankings reward bad science; AI making its way into publishing”

  1. The super-imposed first author paper appeared on April 3rd, which makes it look like a slightly mis-timed April fool 🙂

    1. I’m assuming it is an April fools? Just putting all the names on top of each other is ridiculous. You can’t read any of them.

      1. See section 4 and the caption to Figure 1 (however the suggestion made there was not functional in my browser).
        See also the discussion at https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/67656/are-there-other-fun-packages-like-the-coffee-stains-package

        As it happens, I use the LaTeX coffee package on my notes and drafts, along with a watermark, as I think it conveys something important about the status of the document. I don’t feel a particular need to use the package under discussion here, but someone may. There are a very large number of packages, and fonts, and it is really up to the user to decide what is useful. Comic sans has its adherents.

        The legibility issue could also be addressed by arranging to have the author’s names appear in random order each time the document is loaded or printed (assuming the format is sufficiently flexible to support that).

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