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Weekend reads: ORI staff revolt?; Excel creates big typos in papers; how to reward reviewers

retractionwatch.com — The week at Retraction Watch featured health care fraud charges for a researcher who committed scientific fraud, and a first-ever government agency lawsuit against a scientific publisher for deceit. Here's what was happening elsewhere: The leader of the U.S. Office of Research Integrity faces a staff revolt amid criticisms of her direction, reports Jocelyn Kaiser at Science.

We should reward peer reviewers. But how?

statnews.com — Peer review is a thankless task. Almost entirely uncompensated and usually anonymous, it's considered a professional obligation, a good for science in general. So scientists go along, accepting assignments from editors and effectively killing any chance of binge-watching their favorite show on Netflix after the kids have gone to bed.

Nutrition researcher Chandra, who lost libel suit, charged with health care fraud

retractionwatch.com — A nutrition researcher with multiple retractions who unsuccessfully sued the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) for libel has been charged with defrauding a state health insurance plan. The Toronto Star reports that a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Ranjit Kumar Chandra for billing the Ontario Health Insurance Plan for "services that were either not provided ...

Weekend reads: Scientific society vote rigging; why publish in predatory journals; academic apartheid?

retractionwatch.com — The week at Retraction Watch featured a new member of our leaderboard and a discussion of what would happen if peer reviewers didn't look at results. Here's what was happening elsewhere: A chemistry society fears vote rigging in its leadership election after candidates receive more votes than there were members.

Why all findings from clinical trials need to get published

statnews.com — When a bearded dude at a Brooklyn coffee house says he's shopping his novel around to agents, no one expects to see it on bookstore shelves in their lifetime. When a scientist says she's got a pile of data ready to publish, well, that seems like it should see the light of day.

Two Cheers for the Retraction Boom

Good news: PNAS won’t embargo papers that have already appeared as preprints

embargowatch.wordpress.com — About a month ago, I suggested -- based on an example of things gone wrong -- that journals shouldn't embargo papers that had already appeared on preprint servers. A little more than a week after that, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) seemed to agree.

Weekend reads: Manuscript submission headaches; Trophy Generation goes to grad school; is science fucked?

retractionwatch.com — The week at Retraction Watch featured an inscrutable retraction notice, and a raft of new retractions for a cancer researcher who once threatened to sue us. Here's what was happening elsewhere: If you thought submitting to scientific journals was convoluted and angst-ridden, wait until you read this guide to submitting to law reviews.

NEJM doubles down on resistance to data sharing

statnews.com — When the editors of the New England Journal of Medicine warned in January that some scientists thought that sharing data would lead to " research parasites " - a subspecies of researchers who gained unearned glory off the backs of their hard-working colleagues - they earned heaps of scorn from the scientific community.

5 lessons from a journey through depression and anxiety

statnews.com — NEW YORK - In the last four decades, I've been to more psychologists and psychiatrists than I can count, from New York to California, from the East Side to the West Side. There have been so many that I've no doubt I'm serious competition for Woody Allen - or certainly one of his characters.
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Aug 27, 2016

News reports about neuroimaging are "more likely to enable hype than to mitigate it," says new study  http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11948-015-9684-7 


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