Yesterday was our fourth birthday. We published our first post, “ Why write a blog about retractions?” on August 3, 2010, and the anniversary seems as good a time as any to review where we’ve been.
Here were some highlights of the past twelve months:
Continue reading Happy fourth anniversary, Retraction Watch
As Retraction Watch readers know, it’s very rare for a scientist to face criminal charges for fraud, and it’s also very rare for the National Institutes of Health to recoup grants found to have involved misconduct. Both have happened in the case of Dong-Pyou Han, the former Iowa State University researcher who spiked rabbit blood samples with human antibodies to make it look as if an HIV vaccine was working.
We used that case as the basis of an
op-ed that appears in today’s , arguing that it’s time to “crack down on scientific fraudsters.” Have New York Times a look.
Speaking of the Times, we’re also on page A3 of the paper version, in a story titled “
Science Journal Pulls 60 Papers in Peer-Review Fraud,” which picked up the SAGE scandal we broke the other day. A number of other outlets have also followed up on that story, with many of them kind enough to cite and quote us. Here are several: Continue reading “Crack Down on Scientific Fraudsters” — our op-ed in today’s New York Times
In March, we
asked Retraction Watch readers for some financial support. A number of you contributed and continue to, for which we’re very grateful.
One of the things we wanted to do with those funds was hire other writers,
specifically an intern. So we’re pleased to introduce the first-ever Retraction Watch intern, Cat Ferguson.
Ferguson, whose first post will go live later today and who will join us in earnest next week, just graduated from the
University of California, Santa Cruz’s Science Communication Program. She has already written for the , and New Yorker online for New Scientist, among other outlets.
Here’s what she had to say about writing that
New Yorker piece: Continue reading Meet the first-ever Retraction Watch intern. And: Thanks, readers
Last month, we wrote about the launch of a new site, Stand Up 2 Science Bullies, whose co-founders said that they had been
covertly and cyber bullied by one scientist for nine years.
Continue reading Is public criticism of science bullying?
Retraction Watch readers: We need help.
As many of our loyal tipsters know, the list of retractions and related stories that we can’t get to just keeps getting longer. And as we grow, we want to groom a stable of paid freelance — and perhaps one day full-time — Retraction Watch contributors.
So with that in mind — and knowing that it can be difficult for early-career journalists to gain experience in
accountability journalism — we’ve decided the an internship is the first investment we’ll make with funds our generous supporters have sent us.
Continue reading Retraction Watch is hiring an intern: Here’s how to apply
If you were gathering references to write a paper, or just keeping studies in an online library, wouldn’t it be nice to get an alert any time any of those papers was retracted?
Well, now you can. We’re very pleased to announce that
PubChase, a free biomedical literature search and recommendation tool, will now feature links to Retraction Watch posts. As PubChase writes in an announcement of the new initiative: Continue reading Want alerts about retractions of papers in your library? Check out PubChase
Ivan is on a public panel in Berlin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night, November 2: “Science 2.0 – More knowledge, more transparency, more quality? How Web 2.0 has changed science.”
Joining him in the discussion, which will be in English, are:
Continue reading Come see Retraction Watch in Berlin
If you’re a Retraction Watch reader in New York or St. Louis, come see Retraction Watch live. On Thursday, October 20, Ivan will be on a SONYC panel at Rockefeller University [please see update at end]. On the 25th, he’ll give a talk at the Danforth Center in St. Louis.
Continue reading Upcoming Retraction Watch appearances: New York, St. Louis
This week’s episode of NPR’s “On The Media” features a conversation about retractions between Ivan and co-host Brooke Gladstone. You can listen online, or find a station that carries the program.
The show also includes an
interview about retractions with Jonah Lehrer.
Earlier: Retraction Watch on NPR’s Science Friday. Listen here (with transcript).
It’s a nice way to celebrate our first anniversary this week: Ivan will appear today on Science Friday, the nationally syndicated NPR program hosted by Ira Flatow.
The segment, “
If Science Takes A Wrong Turn, Who Rights It,” is part of the show’s first hour, at 2 p.m. Eastern. It will also feature Grant Steen, whose work we’ve covered.
listen online, or find a station near you that carries it, if you’re in the U.S. It’s live, so call in — you know we love hearing from Retraction Watch readers. It will also be archived on the site, so you can listen later.
Update, 5:15 Eastern, 8/5/11: Here’s that
archived audio (top left corner).