Weekend reads: ‘The band of debunkers’; a superconductor retraction request; ‘the banality of bad-faith science’

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The week at Retraction Watch featured:

We also added The Retraction Watch Mass Resignations List.

Our list of retracted or withdrawn COVID-19 papers is up to well over 350. There are more than 43,000 retractions in The Retraction Watch Database — which is now part of Crossref. The Retraction Watch Hijacked Journal Checker now contains over 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?

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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3 thoughts on “Weekend reads: ‘The band of debunkers’; a superconductor retraction request; ‘the banality of bad-faith science’”

  1. “Key findings include that 72% of participants agreed there was a reproducibility crisis in biomedicine, with 27% of participants indicating the crisis was ‘significant’.”

    So that means 45% think there’s an insignificant “crisis”? A minor “crisis”? A hiccup?

      1. Thanks. A “slight crisis.” Whether or not there’s an actual “crisis” is a separate issue, but it seems the authors and participants were actually talking about a “problem.”

        I know it may just sound like a nitpick, but like the old saying goes: “When everything’s a crisis, nothing’s a crisis.” We should all strive to have important words retain their impactful meanings.

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