Tagged * Retraction Watch™

“Identical in theory and concept”: Privacy paper pulled over redundancy

By Cat Ferguson A paper on wiretapping in the Arab region has been retracted by a Qatari law review journal for redundant publication and “possible misuse of plagiarism detection software at the authoring stage.” The 2013 article in the International Review of Law discusses how different Arab countries regulate intercepting telecommunications, and how Read Full…

Two more retractions bring lab break-in biochemist up to eleven

By Cat Ferguson Karel Bezouška, the Czech biochemist who was caught on hidden camera breaking into a lab fridge to fake results, has turned it up to eleven with two new retractions. Both retractions appeared in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, one in October 2014 and one in January 2015. His story Read Full Article…

Stats error has chilling effect on global warming paper

By Cat Ferguson It turns out a 2014 paper that found a surprising pattern of plant migration in response to global warming was not so surprising after all — it’s been retracted by the authors due to a mistake in the statistical analysis. Most studies on migrating populations have found that species around Read Full…

Poll: What to do when peer review feels inadequate?

By Cat Ferguson How should scientists think about papers that have undergone what appears to be a cursory peer review? Perhaps the papers were reviewed in a day — or less — or simply green-lighted by an editor, without an outside look. That’s a question Dorothy Bishop, an Oxford University autism researcher, asked Read Full…

Wayne State neuroscientist fudged images in five papers

By Cat Ferguson Teresita Briones, a former nursing professor at Wayne State University in Detroit who studied neuroscience, manipulated images in five papers, according to the Office of Research Integrity. Briones, who focused on neuroplasticity: …intentionally, knowingly, and recklessly engaged in research misconduct by falsifying and/or fabricating data that were included in five Read Full…

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