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The Top Retractions of 2022
From typo-laden code in psychedelics research to paper mills and plagiarism, we look back on some of the most notable retractions in scientific publishing this year.
The Top Retractions of 2022
The Top Retractions of 2022

From typo-laden code in psychedelics research to paper mills and plagiarism, we look back on some of the most notable retractions in scientific publishing this year.

From typo-laden code in psychedelics research to paper mills and plagiarism, we look back on some of the most notable retractions in scientific publishing this year.

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Opinion: Science Needs Better Fraud Detection—And More Whistleblowers
Aman Majmudar, Undark | Oct 26, 2022 | 5 min read
An influential paper on amyloid protein and Alzheimer’s disease potentially fabricated data. Why did it take 16 years to flag?
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NYU Defends Against Backlash Over Potential Hire
Amanda Heidt | Apr 29, 2022 | 8 min read
Hundreds of the school’s faculty, students, and trainees are protesting its consideration of David Sabatini, who left his previous posts after alleged sexual misconduct.
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UNC Research Chief Admits to Plagiarism, Resigns
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Mar 11, 2022 | 2 min read
Geneticist Terry Magnuson steps down as vice-chancellor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after he copied text from multiple sources he found online into a grant application. 
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Neurologist Paul McCrory Resigns Amid Plagiarism Allegations
Amanda Heidt | Mar 7, 2022 | 4 min read
McCrory left his post as chair of the influential Concussion in Sport Group after several of his editorials appeared to plagiarize other researchers’ work.
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Sexual Harassment Complaints in Academia Are Up Since 2018
Amanda Heidt | Jun 14, 2021 | 4 min read
The NIH shared new data detailing complaints it has received in recent years, the latest in a series of steps taken by funding agencies and professional organizations to address misconduct.
Improving the Advisor/Advisee Relationship
Angela E. Boag and Nathalie Isabelle Chardon | Feb 1, 2021 | 3 min read
Academic mentors are not necessarily natural managers. Their graduate students often bear the brunt of this shortcoming.
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MeTooSTEM Leader Admits to Faking Twitter Account
Amanda Heidt | Aug 4, 2020 | 4 min read
BethAnn McLaughlin will step away from the organization after confirming allegations that she posed as @Sciencing_Bi, a fabricated queer indigenous researcher and victim of sexual harassment.
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Former Yale Professor Sexually Assaulted Five Students: Report
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 21, 2019 | 2 min read
An independent investigation ordered by the university finds that at least eight additional students were sexually harassed by D. Eugene Redmond Jr.
Chief Academic Officer Accused in Ongoing Research Scandal at UCL
Jim Daley | May 17, 2018 | 2 min read
New allegations of fraud committed under the watch of geneticist David Latchman were made last year.
Emails Reveal Questionable Practices by Cornell Food Scientist and His Coauthors
Shawna Williams | Feb 26, 2018 | 2 min read
The correspondence points to routine data-massaging at a high-profile lab.
Retractions Damage Scientists’ Reputations: Study
Aggie Mika | Sep 8, 2017 | 2 min read
Authors of rescinded papers see a 10 percent to 20 percent decline in citation rates for their other publications. 
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