A physics journal agreed to retract a paper several months ago. It’s still not retracted.

A physics journal says it has planned for several months to retract a 2006 paper by a prominent researcher with multiple retractions, after a concerned reader notified the editor about extensive duplication. But, more than seven months after receiving the complaint, the journal Thin Solid Films has not yet taken action. So what’s taking so … Continue reading A physics journal agreed to retract a paper several months ago. It’s still not retracted.

“The results are essentially meaningless:” Typos, missing variables found throughout physics paper

A physics journal has retracted a 2014 paper after a reader discovered a slew of errors. The paper, published in the Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, explored how the properties of nanofluids—fluids that contain nanoparticles—change as the fluid moves through different materials.   According to the editor-in-chief, Greg Naterer, an outside expert—Asterios Pantokratoras, based … Continue reading “The results are essentially meaningless:” Typos, missing variables found throughout physics paper

NY court: Cornell faces being held in contempt after denying physics professor tenure (twice)

Cornell University and a high-powered dean at the school face being held in contempt of court in a case stemming from their decision to deny tenure to a physics professor. Assistant professor Mukund Vengalattore told Retraction Watch he believes the school and the dean are violating a judge’s order instructing them to completely redo his … Continue reading NY court: Cornell faces being held in contempt after denying physics professor tenure (twice)

Physics paper’s results off by factor of 100

Researchers from China have retracted a physics paper after realizing an error led them to report results that were nearly 100 times too large. What’s more, the authors omitted key findings that would enable others to reproduce their experiments. According to the notice, the authors used a value to calculate a feature of electrons—called mobility—that … Continue reading Physics paper’s results off by factor of 100

Researchers disagree over how to explain doubts over physics findings

After an international group of physicists agreed that the findings of their 2015 paper were in doubt, they simply couldn’t agree on how to explain what went wrong. Apparently tired of waiting, the journal retracted the paper anyway. The resulting notice doesn’t say much, for obvious reasons. Apparently, some additional information came to light which … Continue reading Researchers disagree over how to explain doubts over physics findings

Physics journal removes study for breach of confidentiality

A physics journal has retracted a 2016 study after learning that the author published it without the knowledge or permission of the funder, which had a confidentiality agreement in place for the work. According to the retraction notice in Applied Physics Letters, the paper also lifted content from other researchers without due credit. Given the “legal … Continue reading Physics journal removes study for breach of confidentiality

Make America Retract Again: Physics group yanks release that quoted Trump, angered scientists

Bowing to outraged scientists, the American Physical Society (APS) has retracted a press release (archived here) it issued yesterday that urged President-elect Donald Trump to  “Make America Great Again” by strengthening “scientific leadership.” The statement, attributed to Tawanda Johnson, in the APS’ Washington, D.C. office, congratulated Trump on his victory over Hillary Clinton and said the … Continue reading Make America Retract Again: Physics group yanks release that quoted Trump, angered scientists

Texas participant in physics breakthrough repaid $5M in misspent funds

The Texas institute that participated in the groundbreaking gravitational waves discovery had to repay nearly $5 million in funding after misusing and misreporting benefits, according to audits obtained by The Monitor. The infractions occurred at The University of Texas Brownsville, which has since become part of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). Once the issues were … Continue reading Texas participant in physics breakthrough repaid $5M in misspent funds

Physics journal retracts paper without alerting author

An Elsevier journal has angered an author by removing his study without telling him. After spending months asking the journal why it removed the paper — about a heavily debated theorem in physics — and getting no response, the author threatened to seek damages from the journal and publisher for “permanently stigmatizing” his work. Yesterday, an Elsevier … Continue reading Physics journal retracts paper without alerting author

Physics journal pulls two papers for data shortcuts

A publisher is retracting two papers today by a team of physicists who took a short cut in reporting their data. The papers present a method for imaging very small things — like biological processes on a molecular scale — that could be an alternative to electron microscopy, as the authors explain in a video. But after … Continue reading Physics journal pulls two papers for data shortcuts