Jonas Ranstam is a peer-review machine. Ranstam, a medical physicist in Sweden, reviewed 661 papers across 16 scientific fields between Oct. 1, 2015 and Sept. 17 of this year - nearly two per day over that period. A year ago, such output might have earned Ranstam perhaps a note or two of thanks from the editors whose journals he served.
Embargo Watch readers may recall a few episodes over the years involving the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA), in which the agency tried to turn reporters into stenographers. In 2011 and 2014, journalists were required to agree not to speak to any outside sources before an embargo lifted, if they wanted access to the...
Science headlines can be notoriously flip-floppy: One week something causes cancer, another week it protects against it. A cholesterol drug works. Oops, no it doesn't. Well, maybe it does, a bit. To help prevent whiplash, researchers developed the meta-analysis - a means of combining the data of previous studies into a larger pool to get a better sense of what's happening.
The week at Retraction Watch featured a look at whether we have an epidemic of flawed meta-analyses, and the story of a strange case involving climate research and pseudonyms. Here's what was happening elsewhere: Here's how to use a new scientific finding to create a tabloid headline, in five easy steps.
A journal has removed a paper after realizing it contained a verbatim quote from a patient that could reveal the patient's identity. Reposting as our subscription software appears to be acting up again. Read the whole post here. Retraction posts by author, country, journal, subject, and type
Embargo Watch readers are likely aware by now that EurekAlert!, the press release clearinghouse run by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is offline after being hacked, as I and others reported yesterday. Given EurekAlert!'s dominance in the world of embargoed releases, the episode has understandably led to some musings by science reporters...
EurekAlert!, the embargoed news source run by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), has been temporarily taken offline following a "serious security breach." Ginger Pinholster, AAAS chief communications officer and director, office of public programs, said in a statement posted to the site last night at 10:10 p.m.
A number of readers contacted us last week to let us know that their email alerts had stopped arriving. We've now fixed that problem, which had to do with a software update. With apologies for the technical glitch, here's a roundup (from a Friday post, which wasn't delivered by email) of posts for which emails ...
This week at Retraction Watch featured the return of a notorious fraudster, and plagiarism of plagiarism. Here's what was happening elsewhere: The first of four assessments into former Karolinska Institutet surgeon Paolo Macchiarini's papers finds he committed misconduct in a paper describing esophagus implants in rats.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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