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    Journal issues note of concern, tips off university’s research integrity office

    Story SourceA journal has published an expression of concern (EoC) for a paper on cancer genetics in mice, over a concern about data in some gel panels. The EoC for “Suppression of intestinal tumorigenesis in Apc mutant mice upon Musashi-1 deletion,” appeared Sept. 21 in Journal of Cell Science (JCS). With the notice, the journal […]

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    Can you spot a fake? New tool aims to help journals identify fake reviews

    Story Source Chris Heid Fake peer reviews are a problem in academic publishing. A big problem. Many publishers are taking proactive steps to limit the effects, but massive purges of papers tainted by problematic reviews continue to occur; to date, more than 500 papers have been retracted for this reason. In an effort to help, Clarivate […]

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    20 years of retractions in China: More of them, and more misconduct

    Story Source Lei Lei After reviewing nearly 20 years of retractions from researchers based in China, researchers came up with some somewhat unsurprising (yet still disheartening) findings: The number of retractions have increased (from zero in 1997 to more than 150 in 2016), and approximately 75% were due to some kind of misconduct. (You can […]

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    “The paper is extremely flawed:” Journal retracts article linked to vaccines

    Story SourceA journal has retracted a 2016 paper after receiving criticism from outside researchers who raised concerns about its methodology and data. The paper shares multiple authors with another paper that linked the vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV) to behavioral problems in mice. Last year, a journal removed the study; later that year, the authors […]

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    Scientist steps down from South Korea government position over criticism of her role in stem cell scandal

    Story SourceA professor at Sunchon National University has resigned from a prominent government position in South Korea after facing heavy criticism for being a co-author of a fraudulent stem cell paper. Earlier this week, President Moon Jae-in appointed Park Ky-young to run a newly created Science, Technology and Innovation Office at the Ministry of Science and […]

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    Researcher who stole manuscript during peer review earns second retraction

    Story SourceThe researcher whose brazen theft of a manuscript he had reviewed prompted a “Dear plagiarist” letter from the aggrieved author once the deceit was discovered has lost a second paper for plagiarism. International Scholarly Research Notices, a Hindawi publication, has retracted a 2012 study by Carmine Finelli and colleagues, citing widespread misuse of text […]

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    Why did a university pay a scientist found guilty of misconduct $100,000?

    Story Source Azza B. El-Remessy Retraction Watch readers may remember a few posts about Azza El-Remessy, an eye researcher based at the University of Georgia (UGA) who had several papers retracted. One of the retraction notices explained that UGA found El-Remessy had “committed research misconduct by falsification or fabrication.” Today, we have an update on […]

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    Nearly 500 researchers guilty of misconduct, says Chinese gov’t investigation

    Story SourceFour hundred eighty-six authors have been found guilty of misconduct by the Chinese government, the fall-out from a sweep of retractions by one journal earlier this year. In April, Tumor Biology retracted 107 papers that had been accepted based on faked reviews. Since many of the authors were based in China, the country’s Ministry of […]

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