Senator “unsatisfied” with ORI’s response on recovery of tainted grant money

March has come in like a lion for the folks at the Office of Research Integrity (ORI). The agency’s director, David Wright, stepped down late last month for reasons that even now remain unclear. And in what seems to be an unrelated development, ORI has managed to draw the ire of Sen. Charles Grassley, who … Continue reading Senator “unsatisfied” with ORI’s response on recovery of tainted grant money

“Stupid, it should not be done that way”: Researcher explains how duplications led to a retraction

More than two years ago, we wrote about a retraction for duplication in Biophysical Journal prompted by an email from pseudonymous whistleblower Clare Francis. That post generated a robust discussion, including one comment from someone calling himself or herself “Double Dutch.” This past weekend, the last author of that paper, Rienk van Grondelle, left a … Continue reading “Stupid, it should not be done that way”: Researcher explains how duplications led to a retraction

Stem cell scientist says data in retracted paper “is not falsified or fabricated”

On Wednesday, we brought you the story of a retraction by Gerold Feuer, a State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical Center stem cell scientist whom the university had found to have misused grants. He was suspended, but successfully fought that action. We had asked Feuer for comment at that time, and he has … Continue reading Stem cell scientist says data in retracted paper “is not falsified or fabricated”

Chemistry papers retracted for “lack of objectivity:” The authors did their own peer review

Synthesis and Reactivity in Inorganic, Metal-Organic, and Nano-Metal Chemistry is retracting three articles for duplication — redundancy the authors, chemical engineers at Islamic Azad University, in Shahreza, Iran, appear to have gotten around by reviewing their own manuscripts. But, if they did say so themselves, those papers were really something! Here’s the retraction notice for … Continue reading Chemistry papers retracted for “lack of objectivity:” The authors did their own peer review

Insert data here … Did researcher instruct co-author to make up results for chemistry paper?

The chemistry blogs have been buzzing this week with the story of a paper in the journal Organometallics that may — or may not — contain fabricated data. But what makes the story a bit juicier — and yes, it’s sad that fabricated data is a bit ho-hum for us — is that one of … Continue reading Insert data here … Did researcher instruct co-author to make up results for chemistry paper?

Tokyo panel calls for retraction of 43 Kato papers

The University of Tokyo panel investigating the work of a former professor there, Shigeaki Kato, has recommended the retraction of 43 of his group’s articles, according to a report in the Asahi Shimbun newspaper. If the papers are indeed retracted, Kato, who already has at least five articles subject to an expression of concern and … Continue reading Tokyo panel calls for retraction of 43 Kato papers

“Bird vocalizations” and other best-ever plagiarism excuses: A wrap-up of the 3rd World Conference on Research Integrity

What are the best excuses you’ve seen for plagiarism? James Kroll, at the National Science Foundation’s Office of Inspector General, has collected a bunch over the years (click on the image to enlarge):

Oops: Math journal retracts paper accepted by “accidental administrative error”

Math journal editors can add — but they can also subtract. That’s what happened to a 2012 paper in the Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications (JMAA), “On the fractional Ostrowski inequality with uncertainty.” Here’s the notice:

Neuroscientist made up data in NIH grant applications, says ORI

Paul Muchowski, a neuroscience researcher at the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease in San Francisco, faked data in multiple grant applications, according to findings released today by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI). In a funded NIH grant, R01 NS054753-06A1, and two submitted grant applications, R01 NS054753-06 and R01 NS047237-06, ORI says that Muchowski “knowingly … Continue reading Neuroscientist made up data in NIH grant applications, says ORI