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The week at Retraction Watch featured a lawsuit over the authorship of a paper, and a look at when exactly a study should be retracted. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: “Peer review is faith-, not evidence-based; ineffective; a lottery; slow; expensive; wasteful; ineffective; easily abused; biased; doesn’t detect fraud; irrelevant,” former BMJ editor in chief (and current Center for Scientific Integrity […]The post Weekend reads: […]
In our line of work, we see it all — mega-corrections that don’t quite rise to the level of retraction, letters to the editor that point out seemingly fatal flaws in papers that remain untouched, and studies retracted for what seem like minor reasons. It can make you wonder what makes a paper worthy of […]The post When should a paper be retracted? A tale from the obesity literature appeared first on Retraction Watch.
A urologist in Iran has lost three papers in BJU International, bringing his retraction count to a half-dozen. In December 2013, we reported on three retractions by Mohammad Reza Safarinejad. None of those notices, about papers related to incontinence and erectile dysfunction, made the reasons for retraction very clear. After that post ran, Safarinejad told us […]The post Urology researcher in Iran up to six retractions appeared first on Retraction Watch.
Grant reviewers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health are doing a pretty good job of spotting the best proposals and ranking them appropriately, according to a new study in Science out today. Danielle Li at Harvard and Leila Agha at Boston University found that grant proposals that earn good scores lead to research that […]The post Does peer review ferret out the best science? New study tries to answer appeared first on Retraction Watch.
A Chinese researcher has lost a paper after the journal discovered he published others’ research without permission and lied about the grant funding he used for the work. Yihang Shen published a paper using his PhD research on the molecular biology of fetal rodent livers earlier this year in DNA and Cell Biology. Unfortunately, he didn’t have permission to […]The post Data theft, bad authors list, and hidden funding sink mol bio paper appeared first on […]
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