The week at Retraction Watch featured the case of a peer review nightmare, and a story about harassment by a would-be scientific critic. Here's what was happening elsewhere: "Mr. Shiffrin [...] said he recognizes the now-very-clear risk of spotlighting reproducibility while a U.S. president and a like-minded Congress appear eager to question the fundamental tenets of ...
pring break season is here, and, like a lot of beachgoers, science too is suffering some stings - albeit not of the jellyfish kind. In the latest ploy, reported Wednesday, a group of researchers at the University of Wroclaw, in Poland, tried to seat a fictional scholar onto the editorial boards of 360 academic publications.
In every disaster,there's an instant when the awful truth first presents itself to the stunned participants - a lookout spots an iceberg, or methane gas starts jetting from the top of a drilling rig. At the 89th Academy Awards, this happened on live TV, so we all got to see the precise moment Warren Beatty realized something had gone terribly wrong.