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February 27, 2015

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4:30 PM | PubPeer Selections: Odd citations, “practice makes perfect,” a Nature update
Here’s another installment of PubPeer Selections: Citation, schmitation: “This paper cites two papers of mine, that happen to be completely unrelated to the topic discussed, as far as I can see.” “I hope this settles; practice makes perfect, and the samples would have probably been ordered better on the gel had it was run today, […]The post PubPeer Selections: Odd citations, “practice makes perfect,” a Nature update appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:40 PM | Prominent geneticist David Latchman’s group notches second retraction
A team of researchers whose work is under investigation by University College London has retracted a second paper. Three of the 11 authors of the 2005 Journal of Cell Science paper being retracted — David Latchman, Richard Knight, and Anastasis Stephanou — were authors of a Journal of Biological Chemistry paper retracted in January. Stephanou […]The post Prominent geneticist David Latchman’s group notches second retraction appeared first on Retraction Watch.

February 26, 2015

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4:30 PM | Neuro journal pulls comatose brain abstract due to “several mistakes”
Swiss researchers have retracted an abstract in Clinical Neurophysiology because only one of them actually knew about the paper — and what he submitted had “several mistakes.” The abstract, about electric impulses in the brain of comatose patients, originally appeared as a poster at the June 2014 joint meeting of multiple Swiss neuroscience societies. It was submitted by first author Alexandre […]The post Neuro journal pulls comatose brain abstract due to […]
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2:30 PM | Are retractions more frequent in stem cell research?
There are a number of fields that seem to punch above their weight on Retraction Watch: Anesthesiology, home to the world record holder (and runner-up), and psychology, home to Diederik Stapel and others. But the red-hot field of stem cell research is another that makes frequent appearances, last year’s STAP controversy being particularly prominent. There’s […]The post Are retractions more frequent in stem cell research? appeared first on Retraction Watch.

February 25, 2015

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4:00 PM | David Vaux: Nature’s decision to add double-blind peer review is good, but could be better
David Vaux, a cell biologist at the Walter + Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, explains how Nature could do more to remove bias from the peer review process. He previously wrote about his decision to retract a paper. Last week, Nature announced that they are to offer authors of papers submitted to […]The post David Vaux: Nature’s decision to add double-blind peer review is good, but could be better appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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1:30 PM | Judge denies motion by researcher to quash Diabetes expressions of concern
American Diabetes Association 1, Mario Saad 0. As reported by the National Law Journal, a federal judge in Boston has denied Saad’s requests to stop the ADA’s flagship journal, Diabetes, from publishing expressions of concern about four of Saad’s papers, and to prevent the journal from retracting the studies. Saad filed suit against the ADA on […]The post Judge denies motion by researcher to quash Diabetes expressions of concern appeared first on Retraction Watch.

February 24, 2015

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4:30 PM | Frontiers lets HIV denial article stand, reclassifies it as “opinion”
Following an investigation sparked by criticism for its decision to publish a paper questioning the link between HIV and AIDS, a Frontiers journal has decided to not retract the article but rebrand it as an “opinion”. In September, 2014, Patricia Goodson, a professor of health education at Texas A&M University, published an article called “Questioning […]The post Frontiers lets HIV denial article stand, reclassifies it as “opinion” appeared first on […]
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2:30 PM | Stats mistake crashes bike accident paper
Two researchers at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada have retracted a paper that came to fairly common-sense conclusions about bike safety. In the September 2014 issue of the Journal of Transport and Health, the authors concluded that slippery road surfaces, night-time biking, and higher speed limits were all associated with higher probabilities of a […]The post Stats mistake crashes bike accident paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.

February 23, 2015

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6:38 PM | A rare event: Toronto Star retracts fear-mongering vaccine story
Fifteen days after publishing a widely-criticized article linking anecdotal health problems to the HPV vaccine Gardasil, the Toronto Star has issued a retraction. The Page 1 story, “A wonder drug’s dark side,” was full of health horror stories from women who became sick “sometime after” the vaccine, as the retraction notes – twitching limbs, feeding tubes, even death. Each of these […]The post A rare event: Toronto Star retracts fear-mongering vaccine […]
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4:30 PM | Journal stops asking authors to stack citations following Retraction Watch post
After we flagged a journal that was asking authors to cite the journal in order to boost its impact factor, the journal’s website has now removed the request from its author information page. We noted on February 9 that the Thammasat International Journal of Science and Technology‘s author information page had a helpful suggestion: Please kindly give […]The post Journal stops asking authors to stack citations following Retraction Watch post appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:30 PM | More black marks against unapproved protein touted as miracle cure
A protein which is sold online as a cure for everything from autism to cancer and the focus of multiple retracted papers has earned more black marks: The UK government’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has issued a warning about its use after discovering problems in the factory, and a journal has removed the […]The post More black marks against unapproved protein touted as miracle cure appeared first on Retraction Watch.

February 21, 2015

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2:30 PM | Weekend reads: Why some scientists lie, the state of academic integrity in Iran, Nature goes double-blind
The week at Retraction Watch featured Matlab miscoding and a look at how often a retracted paper was cited. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: What pushes scientists to lie? asks The Guardian. “[T]he state of academic integrity in Iran is not unlike that of other Western nations.” Iranian ghost authors tell all. Close your eyes: Nature […]The post Weekend reads: Why some scientists lie, the state of academic integrity in Iran, Nature goes double-blind appeared first […]

February 20, 2015

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4:30 PM | Harvard-Smithsonian space center retracts ruling on asteroid
Between Mars and Jupiter floats a little rock with big dreams. For three whole weeks in January and February, it was designated as 2015 BS515, a near Earth object, one of the many space rocks that astrophysicists keep an eye on for their potential to strike our planet. But then on February 12 came the announcement: […]The post Harvard-Smithsonian space center retracts ruling on asteroid appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:30 PM | Science chemistry paper earns retraction after expression of concern, marking second for UT group
The authors of a 2011 Science paper that proposed a new way to direct chemical bonds have withdrawn the paper after concerns about the data prompted an investigation and Editorial Expression of Concern last year from the journal. The retraction is the second for the group, which has also had seven other expressions of concern. After […]The post Science chemistry paper earns retraction after expression of concern, marking second for UT group appeared first on Retraction Watch.

February 19, 2015

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4:30 PM | Several chem journals neutralize papers from Brazil group over figure fraud
Several journals have retracted or corrected papers from a group at State University of Maringá in Brazil over what one chemistry journal calls “fraudulent use” of figures previously published by the authors. Química Nova, which is retracting a 2013 paper, issued a notice that taps an additional eight articles with Angelica Lazarin as the corresponding author […]The post Several chem journals neutralize papers from Brazil group over figure fraud appeared first on Retraction […]
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2:30 PM | Misconduct forces retraction of health behavior paper
A pair of psychology researchers at West Virginia University have lost their 2013 article in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine after one of the authors was found to have cooked the data. The paper, “Preference for immediate reinforcement over delayed reinforcement: relation between delay discounting and health behavior,” was written by Shane Melanko and Kevin […]The post Misconduct forces retraction of health behavior paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.

February 18, 2015

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10:31 PM | Danish high court clears Pedersen in misconduct case
Lawyers one, scientists nil. Danish judges have overruled scientists in that nation, concluding that a panel of experts erred in finding that physiologist Bente Klarlund Pedersen, of the University of Copenhagen, was guilty of misconduct. Last September, Pedersen announced that she would fight the ruling of the Danish Committees on Scientific Dishonesty (DCSD, Danish acronym […]The post Danish high court clears Pedersen in misconduct case appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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4:30 PM | More evidence scientists continue to cite retracted papers
A new paper in the MDPI journal Publications reports that the only controlled study on the effect of giving COPD patients Omega-3 has been cited 52 times since being retracted. Of those, only two mentioned the retraction. In 2005, Chest published an article that found that COPD patients who took omega-3 supplements for 2 years experienced improvements in their condition, […]The post More evidence scientists continue to cite retracted papers appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:30 PM | Acid studies burned by duplication test in corrosion papers
Petroleum engineers in Iran have lost a pair of papers in the Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology for duplication and misuse of data. The authors, whose various and varying affiliations include the National Iranian Oil Company, the Iranian Offshore Oil Company and Karaj Azad University, appear to have plagiarized not once, but twice: Two […]The post Acid studies burned by duplication test in corrosion papers appeared first on Retraction Watch.

February 17, 2015

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4:30 PM | Journal runs retraction, editorial over duplicate submission of pathology paper
The International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has taken a hard stance against overlapping publications in a recent retraction note and editorial. Shortly after publishing a paper about the glycosylation patterns of endothelial cells in usual interstitial pneumonia, IJOEM editors discovered that it had been accepted by the Scholarly Journal of Biological Science two weeks before […]The post Journal runs retraction, editorial over duplicate submission of pathology […]
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2:30 PM | Rebirth of ovary article prompts retraction from OB lit
The European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology has retracted a 2014 paper on polycystic ovary syndrome for self-plagiarism. In the notice, the journal states that “significant portions” of the findings in “Association of anti-Mullerian hormone and small-dense low-density lipoprotein cholesterol with hepatosteatosis in young lean women with and without polycystic ovary syndrome” […]The post Rebirth of ovary article prompts retraction […]
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1:30 PM | That’s relativity
A couple of days after seeing Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, I bumped into Sir Roger Penrose. If you haven’t seen the movie and don’t want spoilers, I’m sorry but you’d better stop reading now. Still with me? Excellent. Some of you may know that Sir Roger developed much of modern black hole theory with his collaborator, Stephen Hawking, and at the heart of Interstellar lies a very unusual black hole. Straightaway, I asked Sir Roger if he’d seen the film. What’s unusual about […]

February 16, 2015

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4:30 PM | Matlab mixup sinks Journal of Neuroscience paper
A team of neuroscientists at University of Oregon and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have retracted a paper from The Journal of Neuroscience after realizing their analytic code contained an error. The authors state in the notice that their conclusion remains accurate after correcting the mistake in the program Matlab. However, the paper — […]The post Matlab mixup sinks Journal of Neuroscience paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:30 PM | Materials science paper yanked over data pilfering
Materials Letters has withdrawn an article in press after the editor found out the first author, Yan Li, had taken all the data without permission. According to the notice, the senior author told the journal that the data came from the lab Li used to work in at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, but the P.I. in […]The post Materials science paper yanked over data pilfering appeared first on Retraction Watch.

February 14, 2015

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4:30 PM | Weekend reads: Tortured reviewers, why failure is good, journals without editors?
This week at Retraction Watch, an explosives paper burned up, and we found that we’re cited in a $8 million lawsuit. Here’s what’s happening elsewhere: “Publishers, stop torturing your reviewers!” begs Bjorn Brembs. The managing editor of a Wiley journal offers his tips for peer review. Failure in real science is good – and different […]The post Weekend reads: Tortured reviewers, why failure is good, journals without editors? appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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1:26 AM | Exclusive: St. Jude’s Children’s suspends enrollment in cancer trials over toxicity concerns
St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis has temporarily halted enrollment in six bone marrow transplant trials due to concerns over how side effects were being identified in medical records, Retraction Watch has learned. According to a source familiar with the trials, five of the six being suspended were all enrolling children with blood cancers […]The post Exclusive: St. Jude’s Children’s suspends enrollment in cancer trials over toxicity concerns appeared […]

February 13, 2015

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4:30 PM | Forged author list blows up explosives contamination paper
An environmental journal has retracted a paper on a technology that helps degrade explosives released into soil, because the first author never got the permission of his “co-authors” — oh, and used data that were “illegally obtained,” according to one of the slighted co-authors. According to the EPA, more than 30 sites around the country are […]The post Forged author list blows up explosives contamination paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:30 PM | Cry me a retraction: Scientists pull Cry protein paper for irreproducibility
A paper on the biological insecticide Cry protein — most famously produced by genetically modified “Bt” corn — has been retracted because the authors couldn’t reproduce the findings. The initial paper concluded that their modified gene produced a Cry protein that was significantly more toxic than the one currently spliced into food crops to make them resistant […]The post Cry me a retraction: Scientists pull Cry protein paper for irreproducibility appeared […]

February 12, 2015

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4:30 PM | First cut is the deepest: paper on incisional hernia sliced for duplication
The authors of a 2014 paper in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons about incisional hernia have lost their article for being a duplicate submission. The paper, “Impact on Quality of Life of Using an Onlay Mesh to Prevent Incisional Hernia in Midline Laparotomy: A Randomized Clinical Trial,” came from a group at […]The post First cut is the deepest: paper on incisional hernia sliced for duplication appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:30 PM | Publisher and uni go head to head over disputed images in diabetes papers
The State University of Campinas and the American Diabetes Association disagree strongly over how to handle disputed images from faculty member Mario Saad, who is suing the ADA to prevent retraction of his papers. While the State University of Campinas (Unicamp) acknowledges that 2 of Saad’s papers contain “mistakes”, it concluded there was “not an intention […]The post Publisher and uni go head to head over disputed images in diabetes papers appeared first on […]
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