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Retraction Watch: It’s a good thing someone is looking into all this

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It used to be, people weren’t looking into it much. At one time, anyone could burble about how “peer review” separates science from nonsense, making science—in the process—a setup for fraud.

Faking data earns stem cell researcher a ban on federal funding

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.

JCI lymphoma paper retracted after authors can’t find underlying data to explain duplicated bands

Plagiarism scandal tarnishes student newspaper at Trinity College, Dublin

Phantom authorship forces retraction of electron paper

Weekend reads: Death of a scientist; Science, the Lake Wobegon of experiments

Is Rolling Stone retracting its story on UVA sexual assault?

COPD paper in JCI retracted following PubPeer critiques

Note: The story above that your news writer, O’Leary for News, can comment on re the type of circumstances covered is the Rolling Stone one:

It should not have been printed, period. There were too many holes, not enough hard evidence.

Note: Writers sometimes prefer the expression “well-sourced” to “true.” One is not saying that people aren’t telling the truth, so far as they know it. Rather that non-fiction lives in the non- part—that is, the well-sourced part. The story could be correct or otherwise but should be traceably sourced. Look, it’s the same with life on Mars (more our concern here). Let’s see the evidence.

Also, I’ve helped friends through the agony of stories they thought would wreck their careers because —this is the worst of it—the stories were true, to the best of our ability to source them, but dangerous to the writer—because they exposed influential people to criticism.
If only journalism could go back to that kind of a problem, it’d be way healthier today.

See also: Don’t let Mars fool you. Those exoplanets teem with life!

2 Replies to “Retraction Watch: It’s a good thing someone is looking into all this

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    Silver Asiatic says:

    If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
    The Rolling Stone story was far too good (for their commercial and influence-wielding interests) to be true.

    There was a time when we read Rolling Stone for stories about Burton Cummings, Motorhead, The Jackson Five and the New York Dolls. If they ever had to publish a retraction on their fictionalized news stories, it would begin (and end) with something like “the RS editor was unusually stoned that day”. Let’s put it this way, nobody took it seriously.

    Now, UVA actually suspended fraternities on the basis of a Rolling Stone article. Then again, Bono advises world leaders in economic justice so maybe this all makes sense.

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    Dionisio says:

    Student Falsified Data

    Scientific Misconduct: Student’s actions put multiple research papers in doubt

    An investigation into chemistry research has concluded that scientific misconduct occurred.

    The finding casts doubt on several research papers in the field of polymer mechanochemistry, where chemists use mechanical force rather than light or heat to make and break bonds.

    http://cen.acs.org/articles/92.....-Data.html

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