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What is the impact of retractions in science? ·

What is the impact of retractions in science? · | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

What should a scientist do if he or she realized that there is an error in research? What kind of implications can this have on their future career? (...) - Elephant in the Lab, by Ivan Oransky, 2018/03/26

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[US] Why would a university pay a scientist found guilty of misconduct to leave?

[US] Why would a university pay a scientist found guilty of misconduct to leave? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

University of Georgia case opens rare window into settlement practices.


In June 2016, investigators at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens concluded that Azza El-Remessy, a faculty member who studied the impact of diabetes on the eye, had committed misconduct and recommended she be terminated. El-Remessy hired a lawyer to dispute the findings, but the following October she gave up her challenge after the university paid her $100,000—essentially to leave.(...) - Science, by In June 2016, investigators at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens concluded that Azza El-Remessy, a faculty member who studied the impact of diabetes on the eye, had committed misconduct and recommended she be terminated. El-Remessy hired a lawyer to dispute the findings, but the following October she gave up her challenge after the university paid her $100,000—essentially to leave. (...) - Science, by Victoria Stern, Retraction Watch, Jul. 31, 2017

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Journal that holds record for retracted papers also has a problem with editorial board members

Journal that holds record for retracted papers also has a problem with editorial board members | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A half-dozen scientists listed at Tumor Biology’s website have no relationship with the journal


Almost every scientific journal has to retract a paper once in a while. But at Tumor Biology, when it rains, it pours. Last month, its former publisher, Springer, announced that the journal was retracting 107 papers all at once, after finding that the peer-review process had been compromised. It was the third mass retraction at Tumor Biology, which now holds the unenviable world record for most retracted papers, according to Retraction Watch.(...) - Science, by Hinnerk Feldwisch-Drentrup, 18 May 2017

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Papers retracted after authors used unauthorised data from junior researchers

Papers retracted after authors used unauthorised data from junior researchers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Cases underscore concerns about use of younger researchers’ work by senior colleagues without permission (...) - Times Higher Education, by David Matthews, October 22, 2015

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Retraction ripple effect

Journal-initiated retractions can reduce the number of citations of the author's earlier publications, a study finds (S. F. Lu et al. Sci. Rep. 3, 3146; 2013). The authors analysed the effects of 667 retractions — mostly in the sciences and dating mainly from 2000 onwards — on citations of the author's earlier work. When a journal initiated the retraction, the number of annual citations of earlier papers fell by 6.9% on average. But author-initiated retractions had no such effect. The scientific community rewards honesty, says study co-author Ben Jones, an economist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Self-reporting indicates that “you really care about getting it right”, he says. (...) - Nature, 503, 429, 20 November 2013

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Pay up or retract? Survey creator's demands for money rile some health researchers

Pay up or retract? Survey creator's demands for money rile some health researchers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Researchers asked to pay thousands to use copyrighted questionnaire that examines adherence to drug regimens (...) - Science, by Adam Marcus, 2018/09/13

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How to avoid the stigma of a retracted paper? Don't call it a retraction

How to avoid the stigma of a retracted paper? Don't call it a retraction | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

New terms would make it easier for researchers to correct the literature after an honest mistake (...) - Science, by Martin Enserink, June 7 2017

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NSF breaks new ground in reprimanding authors of flawed Science paper

NSF breaks new ground in reprimanding authors of flawed Science paper | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Editor opts for retraction after rejecting correction ordered by agency.


Retractions of scientific papers are common. But the circumstances surrounding this week’s retraction of a 12-year-old Science paper, involving research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), appear to be highly unusual. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, Feb. 4, 2016

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Not all plagiarism requires a retraction

Not all plagiarism requires a retraction | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Papers that plagiarize only text can still contribute to the literature, but any errors or omissions should be prominently corrected, says Praveen Chaddah.

The ease with which large chunks of text can be digitally scanned and compared with what has previously been published has produced a new breed of academic watchdog. Plagiarism-detection software has opened up scrutiny of scientific publications to non-experts and text that has been copied and pasted without proper attribution is now a common reason for papers being retracted. Hobby­ists and political opponents have made a cottage industry out of searching the back catalogues of high-profile individuals for evidence of such misdeeds. (...) - by Praveen Chaddah, Nature, 09 July 2014

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