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    Most editors of top medical journals receive industry payments: report

    Story Source Victoria Wong When examining the roles of conflicts of interest in academic publishing, most research focuses on transparency around the payments authors receive. But what about journal editors? According to a new Peer J preprint, two-thirds of editors at prominent journals received some type of industry payment over the last few years – […]

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    Senior NOAA appointee calls for retraction of paper on illegal fishing

    Story Source Chris Oliver A top US official at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who was recently appointed by President Donald Trump, has called for the retraction of a paper that suggests the country exports a significant amount of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. The paper, published July 6 in Marine Policy, estimated that […]

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    Widely used U.S. government database delists cancer journal

    Story SourceThe U.S. government biomedical research database MEDLINE no longer includes a cancer journal with a storied past. Starting August 2017, researchers looking up journals indexed in MEDLINE (which is accessed via PubMed) could no longer find new articles published by Oncotarget, once included on the now-defunct list of possibly predatory journals compiled by librarian […]

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    Obsessed with getting cited? You may have “Publiphilia Impactfactorius”

    Story Source Joeri Tijdink As a scientist, are you always focused on improving your metrics by such means as getting papers into prestigious journals? Do your funders and institutions add to that pressure to get ahead? If so, you may be at risk of a new psychiatric condition known as “Publiphilia Impactfactorius” — or, simply, […]

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    Estimate: Nearly 33,000 papers include misidentified cell lines. Experts talk ways to combat growing problem

    Story Source Willem Halffman Serge Horbach Although most researchers realize too many are using misidentified cell lines in their work, they may be shocked to see the scope of the problem: Approximately 32,755 articles report on research that relied on misidentified cells, according to a new report in PLoS ONE. And even though more people may […]

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    Ethical concerns arise for head of controversial stem cell clinic

    Story Source Geeta Shroff. Photo credit: Nutech Mediworld Journals are raising ethical concerns about the research of a doctor who offers controversial embryonic stem cell treatments. Two journals have issued expressions of concern for three papers by Geeta Shroff, who was the subject of a 2012 CNN investigative documentary. All cite ethical concerns; one mentions […]

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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 […]