October 01, 2014

12:00 AM | 17th International Conferences on Applications of Computer Algebra + 18th International Conference on Applications of Computer Algebra
Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, Volume 104, pages 1-104 (Oct-14)
12:00 AM | Graph Spectra in Computer Science
Discrete Applied Mathematics, Volume 176, pages 1-134 (Oct-14) Edited by Francesc Comellas, Robert Elsasser, Dragan Stevanovic

September 30, 2014

4:46 PM | Ritratti: Winifred Edgerton Merrill
Winifred Edgerton Merrill fu la prima americana ad ottenere un dottorato in matematica presso la Columbia University nel 1886. Nella sua tesi sviluppò una rappresentazione geometrica degli infinitesimi in diversi sistemi di coordinate, utilizzando lo jacobiano per per derivare le trasformazioni tra gli integrali nei diversi sistemi.Tra matematica e astronomiaNata a Ripon, nel Wisconsin, il 24 settembre del 1862 da Emmet e Clara Edgerton, si trasferisce con la famiglia a New York intorno al […]

Kelly S.E. & Rozner S.A. (2012). Winifred Edgerton Merrill: "She Opened the Door", Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 59 (04) 504-512. DOI:

3:30 PM | PubPeer Selections: Sniffing at a dog poop paper; how grants should be distributed
Here’s another installment of PubPeer Selections: Commenters are sniffing around a paper about whether dogs’ poop habits change with the Earth’s magnetic field. What if grants were distributed randomly? That’s one response to a paper on “Big Science, Small Science, or the Right Mix.” The authors of a paper in Science Translational Medicine respond to […]
1:30 PM | Author of alcohol paper retracted for plagiarism defends copy-and-paste strategy
The authors of a paper retracted for plagiarism of a popular website have decided not to take the charges — which they don’t contest — lying down. Here’s the notice for “Alcohol consumption and hormonal alterations related to muscle hypertrophy: a review,” which appeared in Nutrition & Metabolism, a BioMed Central title: This article [1] […]

September 29, 2014

7:00 PM | Critics of Poldermans’ work baffled by NEJM stance on DECREASE papers
A pair of researchers who have been calling for the retraction of two papers by cardiology researcher Don Poldermans say the New England Journal of Medicine is “not justified” in its refusal to pull the articles. A little background: Poldermans resigned from Erasmus University in 2011 after having been accused of misconduct. Last week, we […]
3:31 PM | It’s happened again: Researcher appears to have peer reviewed his own paper
Although it shocks some observers every time, we’ve reported on the retractions of more than 100 papers pulled because authors managed to do their own peer review. Apparently, it’s happened again. Here’s a retraction notice in BMC Systems Biology for “Predicting new molecular targets for rhein using network pharmacology,” by  Aihua Zhang, Hui Sun, Bo […]
1:30 PM | Molecular Vision retracts three papers from University of Georgia group with error-ridden images
Molecular Vision has issued “full retractions” for a trio of articles by a group of eye researchers. All of the articles were led by Azza El-Remessy, director of the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy’s clinical and therapeutic graduate program. As much as that is, there might be more still with this case. The first […]

September 27, 2014

1:20 PM | Weekend reads: A journal that will publish anything, even fake; Wakefield loses defamation suit appeal
This week at Retraction Watch featured revelations about legal threats to PubPeer, and a swift expression of concern for a paper denying the link between HIV and AIDS. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Introducing the Proceedings of the Natural Institute of Science (PNIS), “the journal that publishes just about anything (real or fake).” Andrew Wakefield’s […]

September 26, 2014

5:00 PM | Publisher issues statement of concern about HIV denial paper, launches investigation
The publisher Frontiers has issued a Statement of Concern about a paper denying that HIV causes AIDS, and has launched an investigation into how the paper was published in the first place. The paper, “Questioning the HIV-AIDS hypothesis: 30 years of dissent,” is written by Patricia Goodson of Texas A&M University and was published on […]
3:30 PM | Notice fails to get to the heart of cardiology retraction
This one is a little odd. A cardiology paper from China has been retracted because “permission to report these discussions was not sought nor obtained,” though it’s unclear what “the discussions” refers to. The person to whom the discussions are attributed to in the retraction, Ji Bingyang, is not an author on the paper, and […]
1:30 PM | Deceased researcher has two more papers retracted
A late researcher in Italy who has already been blamed for image manipulation in a PLOS ONE retraction notice has had two more papers retracted, both from Free Radical Biology and Medicine. Here’s the notice for 2007’s “Redox regulation of 7-ketocholesterol-induced apoptosis by β-carotene in human macrophages,” by Paola Palozza and colleagues: This article has […]

September 25, 2014

3:30 PM | Downstream effects: Comment on retracted narcolepsy paper retracted
The recent retraction of a paper in Science Translational Medicine reporting “one of the biggest things to happen” in narcolepsy research has claimed a bystander: A letter that commented on the no-longer-landmark article. The authors of the letter are with GlaxoSmithKline’s vaccine division. Here’s the new notice: Our Letter “Comment on ‘CD4+ T cell autoimmunity […]
1:30 PM | Data questions prompt retraction of PLOS ONE cardiovascular paper
PLoS One has retracted a 2013 article on atherosclerosis in mice over concerns about the integrity of the data. The paper, “The Effect of Soluble RAGE on Inhibition of Angiotensin II-Mediated Atherosclerosis in Apolipoprotein E Deficient Mice,” came from a group of researchers in South Korea. It purported to show that: partical (sic) blockade of […]

September 24, 2014

3:30 PM | “Wide differences in the memories” prompt expression of concern for Poldermans paper
The European Heart Journal has issued an expression of concern for a 2014 2001 paper by Don Poldermans, the Dutch heart researcher who stepped down from his post at Erasmus University after being accused of misconduct. The article, “Bisoprolol reduces cardiac death and myocardial infarction in high-risk patients as long as 2 years after successful […]
1:30 PM | Retraction, tell-all style, for breast cancer radiology paper
Here at Retraction Watch, we don’t believe in the expression “TMI.” But this case features a level of detail we’re not sure we’ve seen before. Acta Radiologica has pulled a 2012 article on breast cancer imaging for being a duplicate publication — a sin the retraction notice takes great pains to point out. The notice, […]

September 23, 2014

3:04 PM | PubPeer Selections: Was a Nature correction adequate?; Use of samples from patients with COPD questioned
Here’s another installment of PubPeer Selections: Was a Nature correction to a 2008 paper enough? “This might be a bit disappointing for the patients whose macrophages don’t seem to have been used for anything that is going to advance COPD patient care,” says a commenter about a 2011 Journal of Clinical Investigation paper. A commenter […]
1:39 PM | Hepatology issues corrections in two papers from Pitt liver group
 A group of liver researchers from the University of Pittsburgh has earned a pair of corrections in Hepatology for image problems. The team was led by George K. Michalopoulos, chair of the department of pathology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. One article, “Excessive hepatomegaly of mice with hepatocyte-targeted elimination of integrin linked kinase […]

September 22, 2014

9:00 PM | Scientist threatening to sue PubPeer claims he lost a job offer because of comments
Last month, PubPeer announced that a scientist had threatened to sue the site for defamation. At the time, all PubPeer would say was that the “prospective plaintiff” is a US researcher” who was “aggrieved at the treatment his papers are getting on our site.” Today, PubPeer revealed the that the prospective plaintiff was Fazlul Sarkar, […]
3:30 PM | Solvent paper dissolves under heat of institutional investigation
A chemical engineering paper published in February has been retracted for data and authorship problems. According to the retraction notice, the authors’ institutions investigated and found that not only was the data not reproducible, but “not all co-authors on the manuscript were aware of or agreed to the content and scientific conclusions in the article.” […]
1:30 PM | Researcher who broke into lab up to nine retractions
Karel Bezouška, a researcher who broke into a lab refrigerator to tamper with an investigation into his work, has nine retractions. Here’s the retraction notice in Biochemistry for 2010’s “Cooperation between Subunits Is Essential for High-Affinity Binding of N-Acetyl-d-hexosamines to Dimeric Soluble and Dimeric Cellular Forms of Human CD69:” We wish to retract this article […]
10:00 AM | Into the Intro: Knots and Borromean Rings, Rep-Tiles, and Eight Queens
Chapter One The Paradox of the Unexpected Hanging “A new and powerful paradox has come to light.” This is the opening sentence of a mind-twisting article by Michael Scriven that appeared in the July 1951 issue of the British philosophical journal Mind. Scriven, who bears the title of “professor of the logic of science” at the University of Indiana, [...]

September 20, 2014

1:55 PM | Weekend reads: Reading Nature and Science “very unpleasant,” how to spot fake journals
The week at Retraction Watch featured revelations about the backstory of an expression of concern, and Office of Research Integrity findings in a case that had its beginnings in Retraction Watch comments. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: “It’s actually a very unpleasant experience to read a Nature paper, or to read a Science paper,” says […]

September 19, 2014

3:30 PM | Image manipulation forces retraction of hepatitis C paper
A group of researchers from Egypt has lost their 2013 article on hepatitis C in the Journal of Immunoassay and Immunochemistry for fudging their figures. The article was titled “In vitro neutralization of HCV by goat antibodies against peptides encompassing regions downstream of HVR-1 of E2 glycoprotein.” According to the abstract: This article aims at […]
1:30 PM | Economics paper retracted for plagiarism after citing its twin
As we’ve pointed out before, economics and business journals have few retractions compared with the other academic literature. Opinions vary on why this is, but the fact that only a few journals have plagiarism policies can’t help. Research Papers in Economics, or RePEc, an organization that maintains a database of economics papers, however, thoroughly investigates […]

September 18, 2014

4:10 PM | Is it time for a retraction penalty?
The title of this post is the headline of our most recent column in LabTimes, which begins: As we write this in mid-August, Nature has already retracted seven papers in 2014. That’s not yet a record – for that, you’d have to go back to 2003’s ten retractions, in the midst of the Jan Hendrik […]
11:58 AM | Former UT-Southwestern cancer researchers faked data in 10 papers: ORI
The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) has ruled in a case we’ve been following for nearly two years — and which seems to have been launched after Retraction Watch readers took a careful look at figures from what seemed to be an unrelated case. Takao Takahashi and Makato Suzuki, both former postdocs at a cancer […]

September 17, 2014

3:30 PM | Publisher updates with more info on staph retraction
We brought you this story last week, about a paper on drug resistant staph being retracted for a lab error. Now, we’ve got an update from Rachel Safer, senior editor for medical journals at Oxford University Press, where the paper was published. Apparently, the researchers “inadvertently relied upon the use of a test system that was […]
1:30 PM | A PNAS expression of concern appears — and so does its revealing backstory
When retraction notices and expressions of concern appear, particularly those that are opaque, we try our best to find out what’s behind them, whether it’s better explanations or the steps that led to moves. Today, we have one story in which we’ve been able to learn a lot more than usual. In April, Bas van […]

September 16, 2014

6:15 PM | Another retraction for Diederik Stapel, this one from Dutch drama festival on “truth and reality”
Here’s a case of art imitating science. The organizers of a Dutch drama festival have put a halt to a play about the disgraced social psychologist Diederik Stapel, prompting protests from the authors of the skit — one of whom is Stapel himself. According to an article in NRC Handelsblad: The Amsterdam Discovery Festival on […]
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