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May 02, 2015

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1:30 PM | Weekend reads: Stress tests in psychology; writing advice to ignore; how to have fun in the lab
This week at Retraction Watch featured a sexist peer review seen around the world, and settlement of the malpractice case against Duke and Anil Potti. Here’s what was happening elsewhere:  Just 39% of psychology studies passed a reproducibility test, but there are some nuances, Nature News reports. Scientists, want your work cited? Forget all that […]The post Weekend reads: Stress tests in psychology; writing advice to ignore; how to have fun in the lab appeared first on Retraction […]

May 01, 2015

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6:37 PM | Malpractice case against Duke, Anil Potti settled
A lawsuit filed in October 2011 against Duke University and Anil Potti, who has retracted 11 papers and corrected a number of others amidst investigation into his work, has been settled, Retraction Watch has learned. Potti resigned from Duke in 2010 following questions about his work, and revelations that he had lied on grant applications […]The post Malpractice case against Duke, Anil Potti settled appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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4:12 PM | Editor of Medical Journal of Australia fired after criticizing decision to outsource to Elsevier
Public health expert Stephen Leeder has been ousted as editor of Australia’s top medical journal after he questioned the decision to outsource the journal’s production and other tasks to publishing giant Elsevier. Leeder, emeritus professor at the University of Sydney, told the Medical Observer he was asked to leave when he and the journal’s publisher, […]The post Editor of Medical Journal of Australia fired after criticizing decision to outsource to Elsevier appeared first on […]
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1:30 PM | NIH neuroscientist loses second paper, again the result of first author misconduct
Stanley Rapoport, a neuroscientist in the National Institute on Aging, isn’t having a lot of luck with his first authors. One committed misconduct and cost him a paper in the journal Age last year, and now he’s lost another paper with a different first author, but for the exact same reason. The latest paper, in […]The post NIH neuroscientist loses second paper, again the result of first author misconduct appeared first on Retraction Watch.

April 30, 2015

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4:35 PM | Misconduct earns researcher a five-year ban on federal funding
A University of Minnesota former chemistry graduate student has been banned from receiving federal funding for five years based on “a preponderance of the evidence that the Respondent intentionally and knowingly engaged in research misconduct.” Venkata J. Reddy appears to have manipulated findings in one R01 grant application. In recent years, bans are less common than having […]The post Misconduct earns researcher a five-year ban on federal funding appeared first on Retraction […]
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1:30 PM | Drug study pulled after researchers admit altering trial protocol
The Egyptian Journal of Anaesthesia is retracting a 2014 paper by a pair of researchers at Cairo University who appear to have tinkered with their protocol after having received ethics approval. The paper, titled “Can Sugammadex improve the reversal profile of Atracurium under Sevoflurane anesthesia?” was written by Heba Ismail Ahmed Nagy and Hany Wafik […]The post Drug study pulled after researchers admit altering trial protocol appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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12:30 PM | Making sense of mathematics
Mathematics is used in increasingly sophisticated ways in modern society, explicitly by experts who develop applications and implicitly by the general public who use technological devices. As each of us is taught a broad curriculum in school and then focuses on particular specialisms in our adult life, it is useful to ask the question ‘what does it mean to make sense of mathematics?’. The post Making sense of mathematics appeared first on OUPblog. […]

April 29, 2015

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6:52 PM | It’s a man’s world — for one peer reviewer, at least
We’ve written quite a lot about the perks and pitfalls of the peer review system, but one thing we never really touched on was the risk that a reviewer might be … well, not to put too fine a point on it: a dope. But Fiona Ingleby can speak to that. Ingleby, a postdoc in […]The post It’s a man’s world — for one peer reviewer, at least appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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3:30 PM | Chem paper fails to catalyze when wrong files are “inadvertently used”
Three chemists at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati in India have retracted a paper from the Journal of Organic Chemistry because the “incorrect files were inadvertently used.” The article, “Room-Temperature Cu(II)-Catalyzed Chemo- and Regioselective Ortho-Nitration of Arenes via C–H Functionalization,” described a protocol to perform nitration — the addition of nitro groups onto an organic compound […]The post Chem paper fails to catalyze when wrong files are […]
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1:30 PM | Reporting errors sink chem paper on liquid-liquid equilibrium
A team of chemists at Hunan University and Zhejiang Shuyang Chemical Company in China have retracted a paper from the Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data after “inconsistencies with the literature” led them to discover “errors” in the way the data were reported. According to the corresponding author Qinbo Wang, in December 2014, Robert Chirico, an associate editor at […]The post Reporting errors sink chem paper on liquid-liquid equilibrium appeared first […]

April 28, 2015

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1:30 PM | Snail egg article retracted for fishing for material from six other papers
The first author of a review article on extracting pharmacological compounds from marine organisms, published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, has retracted it due to plagiarism. There were also some authorship issues, according to the retraction notice for the paper, which absolves the last author, based at Pondicherry University in India, from […]The post Snail egg article retracted for fishing for material from six other papers appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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1:30 PM | Chinese medical case study erased after guardian consent withdrawn
The editor of the Journal of Medical Case Reports, a BioMed Central title, has retracted and removed a case study of a novel surgical treatment after the patient’s legal guardian withdrew consent post-publication. The paper, “Novel two-stage surgical treatment for Cantrell syndrome complicated by severe pulmonary hypertension: a case report,” describes the treatment of a […]The post Chinese medical case study erased after guardian consent withdrawn appeared first on […]
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10:15 AM | L'entropia di un documento
Il linguaggio è stato ed è tutt'ora un campo di interesse anche per logici e matematici (in questo senso il più noto tra tutti è sicuramente Ludwig Wittgenstein). Nel 1959 il linguista George Kingsley Zipf diffuse la legge che prende il suo nome, la legge di Zipf, nonostante non ne fosse lo scopritore(1): essa stabilisce che dato un qualche corpo di enunciati in un linguaggio naturale, la frequenza di ogni parola è inversamente proporzionale al suo rango nella tabella delle frequenze.Dal […]

April 27, 2015

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7:00 PM | Former Florida ob-gyn prof notches eighth retraction
Nasser Chegini, the former University of Florida professor currently under investigation by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), has now had eight papers retracted. The eighth paper, in the journal Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology, is about the effect of a compound used during fertility treatments on Smads, signaling molecules that carry messages from TGF-beta receptors […]The post Former Florida ob-gyn prof notches eighth retraction appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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3:00 PM | Retraction Watch is hiring!
Since becoming our intern in June of last year, and then our first-ever staff writer in October, Cat Ferguson has written more than 200 posts, breaking news left and right. But as we noted on Twitter the other day with not a small degree of sadness, Cat has left Retraction Watch for a great gig […]The post Retraction Watch is hiring! appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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1:30 PM | Trove of VA reports reveal research misconduct, medical malpractice
Last week, the Veteran Affairs Office of Inspector General released eight years of reports investigating allegations of nefarious behavior at VA hospitals and institutions around the country, ranging from mistreating a patient in Florida, misspending grant money in New York, and conducting unauthorized research in Iowa. In one report, a researcher with a foreign medical […]The post Trove of VA reports reveal research misconduct, medical malpractice appeared first on Retraction Watch.

April 25, 2015

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1:50 PM | Weekend reads: Faith-based peer review; lab bloopers; post-publication peer review etiquette
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: Faith-based peer review; lab […]

April 24, 2015

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3:30 PM | When should a paper be retracted? A tale from the obesity literature
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.
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1:30 PM | Urology researcher in Iran up to six retractions
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.

April 23, 2015

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6:00 PM | Does peer review ferret out the best science? New study tries to answer
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.
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3:30 PM | Data theft, bad authors list, and hidden funding sink mol bio paper
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 Retraction Watch.
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1:30 PM | Author from China blames translation company for plagiarism in retracted vascular paper
Do we need a “throwing vendors under the bus” category here at Retraction Watch? Earlier this year, we reported on the retraction of a paper because of sloppy work by an outside lab. Now, we have the story of a retraction for “negligence” by a translator. Specifically, the author says the passages shared between the […]The post Author from China blames translation company for plagiarism in retracted vascular paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.

April 22, 2015

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3:30 PM | Skeleton crew’s second paper boned over methodology issues; more retractions to appear
Bone researcher Olga Panagiotopoulou of the University of Queensland has lost a second paper over “errors in the validation protocol and data.” The retracted paper in the Journal of Biomechanics, about primate jaws, was subject to an expression of concern in May 2014, one of two Panagiotopoulou’s group issued last year over methodological problems. The other paper was […]The post Skeleton crew’s second paper boned over methodology issues; more retractions to […]
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1:30 PM | Bielawski and Wiggins retraction count grows to six
A group of chemists whose work was investigated by the University of Texas-Austin has had another paper retracted, this one of a Chemical Science study previously subjected to an Expression of Concern. That makes six retractions for Christopher Bielawski and Kelly Wiggins. Here’s the notice for “Homonuclear bond activation using a stable N,N′-diamidocarbene”, signed by […]The post Bielawski and Wiggins retraction count grows to six appeared first on Retraction Watch.

April 21, 2015

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3:30 PM | Authorship issues spell retraction for breast cancer paper
The corresponding author of a 2014 paper in the Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology has retracted the article because he was a bit too generous with his list of coauthors. The article, “Outcome of neoadjuvant chemotherapy in locally advanced breast cancer: A tertiary care centre experience,” reviewed medical records from a local population […]The post Authorship issues spell retraction for breast cancer paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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1:30 PM | Biology team with two retractions now correcting references to nixed papers
A team of biologists that retracted two papers after being “unable to replicate some of the results obtained by the first author of the paper” has now issued a correction to fix references to the two sunk publications. The corrected paper is a review in the Journal of Virology — known there as a Gem — […]The post Biology team with two retractions now correcting references to nixed papers appeared first on Retraction Watch.

April 20, 2015

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3:07 PM | Beleaguered Förster turns down prestigious professorship, citing personal toll
Jens Förster, a social scientist accused of research misconduct, has turned down a highly coveted — and well-endowed — professorship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Foster explained his decision to decline the 5 million Euro award in a post on his personal website: Some time ago, I decided to return the Alexander von Humboldt-Professorship, […]The post Beleaguered Förster turns down prestigious professorship, citing personal toll appeared first on Retraction […]
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1:30 PM | Former postdoc suing lab head for publishing paper he says he wrote, without his name
A pharmaceutical researcher is suing his postdoctoral advisor and former business partner, accusing him of publishing a paper in PLoS Biology they wrote together, and removing him as an author. According to the complaint, Andrew Mallon and John Marshall co-founded a company, Ardane Therapeutic, to commercialize a potential therapy that Mallon discovered for Angelman Sydrome, a […]The post Former postdoc suing lab head for publishing paper he says he wrote, without his name appeared first […]

April 18, 2015

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2:46 PM | Weekend reads: Aussie scientists bend rules; how to fix peer review once and for all; crazy structure alert
The week at Retraction Watch featured the retraction of 11 papers by a controversial researcher in Italy, and a look at the controversy over lead in the water supply. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: “How Australian scientists are bending the rules to get research funding.” “[S]ome current attempts to upgrade or otherwise modify the peer-review […]The post Weekend reads: Aussie scientists bend rules; how to fix peer review once and for all; crazy structure […]

April 17, 2015

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3:30 PM | Cancer team loses two papers for image manipulation
A team spread across multiple institutions in China and McGill University in Canada has retracted two cancer papers over “inaccurate and inappropriately processed Western Blots.” Some of the figures were also reused between the two articles, both in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta General Subjects. The articles both tested the cancer-fighting properties of a derivative of […]The post Cancer team loses two papers for image manipulation appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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