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December 19, 2014

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12:37 PM | Are companies selling fake peer reviews to help papers get published?
Faked peer reviews — a subject about which we’ve been writing more and more recently — are concerning enough to a number of publishers that they’ve approached the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) to work together on a solution. In the past, we have reported on a number of cases in which authors were able […]The post Are companies selling fake peer reviews to help papers get published? appeared first on Retraction Watch.

December 18, 2014

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8:30 PM | That new beetle? Actually, it’s really an old beetle
A team of entomologists in India had to put their new species celebration on hold last year, when they found out their discovery had already been discovered. The Journal of Insect Science paper, initially published in December 2012, was retracted in October 2013, after several entomologists confirmed that the beetle was actually a previously identified species called Acanthophorus serraticornis. (The […]The post That new beetle? Actually, it’s really an old beetle appeared […]
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2:30 PM | Stem cell researcher retracts neuron paper for “image aberrations”
Jens Christian Schwamborn, a stem cell researcher at the University of Luxembourg, is retracting a 2007 paper on how to grow brain cells. The paper, “Ubiquitination of the GTPase Rap1B by the ubiquitin ligase Smurf2 is required for the establishment of neuronal polarity,” was published while Schwamborn was at Westfälische Wilhelms‐Universität Münster in Germany. An anonymous […]The post Stem cell researcher retracts neuron paper for “image aberrations” […]

December 17, 2014

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11:53 PM | Stem cell researchers sue Harvard, claiming faulty investigation lost them job offers
Piero Anversa, a stem cell researcher at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and a colleague, Annarosa Leri, have sued Harvard over an investigation into their work that they claim has cost them millions in a forfeited sale of their company, and job offers. The team has had a paper in Circulation retracted, and a paper in […]The post Stem cell researchers sue Harvard, claiming faulty investigation lost them job offers appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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6:00 PM | Stem cell researcher Hanna “working…to correct the unfortunate and inadvertent mistakes” in papers
Jacob Hanna of Israel’s Weizmann Institute has been a media darling for years, including as a member of the 2010 Technology Review 30 under 35 for his work with stem cells. However, questions have been mounting about his research, both on PubPeer (which has critical comments for 15 papers he’s an author on) and in other stem cell labs, who have […]The post Stem cell researcher Hanna “working…to correct the unfortunate and inadvertent mistakes” in papers […]
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4:30 PM | Mix-and-match text topples microbiome paper
A group of gastroenterology researchers in Italy has lost their 2010 paper in Internal and Emergency Medicine, the journal of the Italian Society of Internal Medicine, for plagiarizing and duplicate publication. The article, “Gut microbiota and related diseases: clinical features,” was published as a supplement by a team from the University of Bologna. Its conclusions: […]The post Mix-and-match text topples microbiome paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:30 PM | Shingles-stroke connection paper earns expression of concern for “errors in data presentation”
The journal Neurology has issued an expression of concern for a paper linking shingles and stroke, which got press attention when it was published. The journal’s note refers to “errors of data presentation,” which author Judith Breuer more narrowly defined as mistakes during transcription of a table. It’s unclear whether the results themselves – that herpes zoster, the virus […]The post Shingles-stroke connection paper earns expression of concern for […]

December 16, 2014

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5:32 PM | Former postdoc threatens Retraction Watch with lawsuit over vague defamation claims
In April 2012, we wrote about a case of disputed authorship and misused data involving one Varun Kesherwani, a former postdoc at the University of Nebraska. As we reported then, Kesherwani was first author of a paper in Cytokine. The second author, Ajit Sodhi, of Banaras Hindu University, claimed to have had no knowledge of […]The post Former postdoc threatens Retraction Watch with lawsuit over vague defamation claims appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:30 PM | What do studies of retractions tell us?
The Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education has published a special issue on scientific ethics, and it includes an invited piece from us. In “What Studies of Retractions Tell Us,” we decided to do a literature review of the small but growing field of retraction studies. Five years ago, this would have been a very short […]The post What do studies of retractions tell us? appeared first on Retraction Watch.

December 15, 2014

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7:00 PM | “You don’t retract a paper, you retract the results within:” Why one scientist still displays one of his mistakes
And now, one from the archives. In 1989, then MIT grad student Lance Fortnow (he’s now chair of the computer science department at Georgia Tech) wrote a mathematical proof and published it as conference proceedings. He later went to publish the proof in a journal. But he then discovered “unexpected technical challenges” and published a retraction […]The post “You don’t retract a paper, you retract the results within:” Why one scientist still displays […]
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2:30 PM | Retraction Watch is growing, thanks to a $400,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation
Dear Retraction Watch readers, we have some exciting news to share. After more than four years, 2,000 posts, and incredible responses from the scientific community, we are thrilled to announce that The Center For Scientific Integrity, a not-for-profit corporation we’ve established, has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation to expand the work […]The post Retraction Watch is growing, thanks to a $400,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation appeared first on […]

December 14, 2014

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2:00 PM | ORI sanctions former University of Chicago and UCSF scientists for faking findings
The stories behind several recent inscrutable retraction notices became a bit more clear today when the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) issued findings in cases involving former researchers at the University of Chicago and the University of California, San Francisco. The ORI found that H. Rosie Xing, a former assistant professor at the University of […]The post ORI sanctions former University of Chicago and UCSF scientists for faking findings appeared first on Retraction Watch.

December 13, 2014

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2:30 PM | Weekend reads: Maggie Simpson publishes a paper, why correcting the scientific record is hard
On Sunday, tune in to WUSA at 8:30 a.m. Eastern in Washington, DC, or online starting at 9 to see Ivan on BioCenturyTV. (He might just have an exciting announcement to make.) Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Another publisher sting: A paper by Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel was accepted by two scientific journals. Here’s […]The post Weekend reads: Maggie Simpson publishes a paper, why correcting the scientific record is hard appeared first on Retraction Watch.

December 12, 2014

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4:30 PM | PubPeer Selections: Spinal injury, theoretical physics, and inherited fear
This week, PubPeer filed a motion to quash a subpoena demanding that they reveal the names of some of their commenters. Here’s another installment of PubPeer Selections: “Papers like this one need to be judged against high standards because of the large audience of vulnerable spinal-injury patients desperately seeking hope for their paralysis.” Commenters critique […]The post PubPeer Selections: Spinal injury, theoretical physics, and inherited fear appeared first on […]
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2:30 PM | Revealed: Complaint lodged against Macchiarini, “super-surgeon” under investigation
Retraction Watch has obtained copies of a misconduct complaint filed against surgeon Paolo Macchiarini, who is currently under investigation by the Karolinksa Institute in Stockholm for allegedly downplaying dangers of an experimental surgery, along with other misconduct accusations. We’re posting them here to allow researchers and clinicians to review and perhaps comment on them. The complaint was from four […]The post Revealed: Complaint lodged against Macchiarini, […]
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7:47 AM | Second former University of Queensland researcher to appear in court to face fraud charges
Bruce Murdoch, a neuroscientist formerly of the University of Queensland, will appear in court next week to face fraud charges stemming from an investigation that has already led to three retractions and similar charges for one of his colleagues. Here’s the notice from the Crime and Corruption Commission: The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) has issued a […]The post Second former University of Queensland researcher to appear in court to face fraud charges appeared first on […]

December 11, 2014

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4:30 PM | Dentistry student loses travel grant for duplicating his own work
The International Association for Dental Research has retracted a student travel award after discovering that the recipient had previously published the work he used to secure the grant, including in an abstract he presented at the same conference last year. The self-plagiarism was uncovered by an anonymous group of students at the Hong Kong University […]The post Dentistry student loses travel grant for duplicating his own work appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:30 PM | Non-renewable resource: Fuel yanks paper for duplication
Fuel, an Elsevier title, has pulled an article on coal pollution because the authors took much of the work from an earlier paper of theirs in another journal. The article, “Co-firing of coal and biomass: Development of a conceptual model for ash formation prediction,” was published in September by a group from Australia and The […]The post Non-renewable resource: Fuel yanks paper for duplication appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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10:54 AM | Disney Research: alla ricerca dell'occhio realistico
Per molti potrà suonare come una curiosità fine a se stessa, quasi inutile, ma nei fatti è interessante per capire come l'idea di innovazione tecnica e tecnologica sia presente, in modi differenti, in moltissimi campi, inclusa l'animazione.Con l'avvento della computer grafica, non solo la realizzazione dei videogiochi è diventata più precisa e dettagliata per personaggi e ambienti, ma anche l'animazione stessa si è giovata delle innovazioni videoludiche. Esempio su tutti sono gli studi […]

December 10, 2014

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5:56 PM | PubPeer files motion to dismiss Sarkar defamation case
Attorneys representing PubPeer in its defense against a subpoena by cancer researcher Fazlul Sarkar, of Wayne State University in Michigan, have submitted a motion to the Wayne County Circuit Court to quash the matter. Sarkar’s work has appeared on the anonymized post-publication peer review site, and he isn’t happy about it. In October, he sued […]The post PubPeer files motion to dismiss Sarkar defamation case appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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4:30 PM | Rash decision? Duplicate submission of dermatitis paper leads to publishing ban
A trio of skin specialists in Egypt has lost a 2009 paper in the Indian Journal of Dermatology for duplication. And the journal wasn’t happy about it. The article, “Serum mucosa-associated epithelial chemokine in atopic dermatitis : A specific marker for severity,” came from a group at Ain Shams University in Cairo. According to the […]The post Rash decision? Duplicate submission of dermatitis paper leads to publishing ban appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:30 PM | Paper on controversial stem cell “stamina therapy” retracted
A Korean stem cell journal has retracted a paper on a controversial Italian treatment that involves harvesting stem cells from bone marrow and injecting them back into the patient. “Stamina therapy” has been pitched as a treatment for everything from Parkinson’s disease to coma, based on a U.S. patent application filed in 2010. The Italian […]The post Paper on controversial stem cell “stamina therapy” retracted appeared first on Retraction Watch.

December 09, 2014

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5:24 PM | Faking data earns stem cell researcher a ban on federal funding
The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) has sanctioned Kaushik Deb, a former post-doc at the University of Missouri-Columbia, who “engaged in misconduct in science by intentionally, knowingly, and recklessly” fabricating data in papers in both Science and Nature (which ultimately rejected his manuscript). Deb was big news in 2007, when Science retracted his paper. Articles […]The post Faking data earns stem cell researcher a ban on federal funding appeared first on Retraction […]
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2:30 PM | Italian researcher facing criminal charges notches seventh retraction
Alfredo Fusco, a researcher in Italy under criminal investigation, now has a seventh retraction for manipulated images. Here’s the notice for “Retraction: Identification of new high mobility group A1 associated proteins,” to which not all of the authors agreed: The above article from Proteomics, published online on 19 September 2007 in Wiley Online Library (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pmic.200700148/pdf) and […]The post Italian researcher facing criminal […]

December 08, 2014

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6:15 PM | JCI lymphoma paper retracted after authors can’t find underlying data to explain duplicated bands
A paper in the Journal of Clinical Investigation has been retracted for manipulated images, including duplicated bands in a Western blot. Take a look at figure one to the right and see if you can spot all the doubles. Click here for a more zoomable image. Here’s the notice: The article “Loss of nuclear pro–IL-16 facilitates […]The post JCI lymphoma paper retracted after authors can’t find underlying data to explain duplicated bands appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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3:30 PM | Plagiarism scandal tarnishes student newspaper at Trinity College, Dublin
Irish eyes definitely are not smiling at Trinity College in Dublin, where the campus paper, The University Times, has acknowledged that one of its editors seems to have been a serial plagiarist. According to an editorial in the paper published on Friday: senior management at The University Times became aware that a member of our […]The post Plagiarism scandal tarnishes student newspaper at Trinity College, Dublin appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:30 PM | Phantom authorship forces retraction of electron paper
Ultramicroscopy has retracted a paper it published earlier this year after the corresponding author admitted to submitting the paper without the consent of his colleagues. The article, “The post-peak spectra in electron energy loss near edge structure,” came from a group led by one Feng Tian, a materials scientist at Shanghai University for Science and […]The post Phantom authorship forces retraction of electron paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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11:01 AM | Joseph Fourier: Breaking new ground
Read Part One: Remembering Joseph Fourier When asked about his role in the French Revolution, Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès replied ‘I survived it’. Joseph Fourier’s story would now be forgotten if he had not written one of the most influential mathematical works of all time. In 1807, Fourier submitted a memoir to the Paris Institute on [...]

December 06, 2014

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12:54 PM | Weekend reads: Death of a scientist; Science, the Lake Wobegon of experiments
News elsewhere about scientific integrity, publishing, and related issues abounded this week: Imperial College London is reviewing its procedures following the death of one of its faculty. David Colquhoun has more details, including the last email the professor sent. An analysis of 18 papers “suggests a systematic pattern of excess success among psychology articles in […]The post Weekend reads: Death of a scientist; Science, the Lake Wobegon of experiments appeared first on […]

December 05, 2014

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9:28 PM | Is Rolling Stone retracting its story on UVA sexual assault?
Rolling Stone has published an editor’s note that calls into question their November 19 story, “A Rape on Campus,” which details a UVA student’s alleged gang rape at a fraternity party and her subsequent struggle to get justice from the school. Shortly after publication, the magazine was criticized for not seeking a statement from the […]The post Is Rolling Stone retracting its story on UVA sexual assault? appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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