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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: The Promise and Plight of Open Data
Ilias Berberi and Dominique Roche | Dec 1, 2022 | 4 min read
Open science serves to make the research process more transparent. But we are still waiting to realize the fruits of open-data policies at scientific journals.
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Ten Minute Sabbatical
Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon | Dec 1, 2022 | 2 min read
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse
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Opinion: In Publishing, Don’t Make the Perfect the Enemy of the Good
Hilal A. Lashuel | Nov 10, 2022 | 5 min read
All members of the scientific community must commit to taking the risks needed to change how research is shared and evaluated.
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Q&A: Why eLife Is Doing Away with Rejections
Jef Akst | Oct 21, 2022 | 4 min read
The journal’s executive director speaks with The Scientist about what it hopes to accomplish with its unusual new publishing model.
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Munich Court Ruling Sides with Elsevier, ACS over ResearchGate
Jef Akst | Mar 7, 2022 | 2 min read
The academic networking service ResearchGate was infringing on copyrights held by scientific publishers when it hosted manuscripts from their journals, the European court said, but the website will not have to pay damages.
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Q&A: Psych and Neuro Journals Primarily Edited by American Men
Dan Robitzski | Feb 24, 2022 | 5 min read
The Scientist spoke with University of California, San Francisco, neuroscientist Eleanor Palser about her study’s finding that women, especially those working outside the US, are underrepresented in some areas of academic publishing.
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Most Medical Papers Didn’t Disclose Industry Payments: Preprint
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Jan 24, 2022 | 2 min read
Authors of papers published in JAMA and NEJM received millions in undisclosed payments in 2017, an analysis finds.
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As Plan S Takes Effect, Some Anticipate Inequitable Outcomes
Alejandra Manjarrez, PhD | Aug 3, 2021 | 7 min read
The plan’s signatories seek to make the results of their funded research available to all, but some scientists say the transition to open access has led to climbing publication fees and could exacerbate global disparities.
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Howard Bauchner Leaves JAMA Following Podcast Fallout
Amanda Heidt | Jun 2, 2021 | 3 min read
The editor-in-chief will step down this month following the release of a podcast in February that suggested systemic racism does not exist in medicine.
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Top JAMA Editor on Leave in Fallout Over Racism Podcast
Shawna Williams | Mar 26, 2021 | 2 min read
The move follows widespread criticism of the episode and its promotion, and the resignation of the podcast’s host.
Opinion: Despite Limitations, Study Offers Clues to Gender Bias
Flaminio Squazzoni | Jan 29, 2021 | 3 min read
A response to Ada Hagan’s opinion piece suggesting that our study “compromises response to gender bias.”
Opinion: Peer Review Study Compromises Response to Gender Bias
Ada Hagan | Jan 29, 2021 | 5 min read
A recent analysis that claimed no evidence of gender-based peer review outcomes fails to account for several factors.
No Gender Bias in Peer Review: Study
Jef Akst | Jan 6, 2021 | 3 min read
An analysis of data from nearly 150 journals across scientific disciplines finds that, if anything, manuscripts authored by women are treated more favorably than those submitted by men.
Scientists, Publishers Debate Paychecks for Peer Reviewers
Shawna Williams | Nov 1, 2020 | 8 min read
While some academics have called for compensation for assessing other scientists’ work, publishers haven’t warmed to the idea.
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New Journal to Publish Reviews of COVID-19 Preprints
Amanda Heidt | Jun 29, 2020 | 2 min read
The open access publication will use AI to identify the most pressing manuscripts in need of peer review.
Publishing in English Presents Challenges for International Authors
Jef Akst | Mar 10, 2020 | 8 min read
When submitting manuscripts to Western journals, authors face issues that go beyond language barriers.
New Journal Seeks Typically Overlooked Studies
Emily Makowski | Sep 18, 2019 | 1 min read
Its articles will include negative results, reproducibility studies, and peer reviewers’ names.
Norway Joins List of Countries Canceling Elsevier Contracts
Catherine Offord | Mar 13, 2019 | 2 min read
The publisher failed to meet requests for better access to research, a consortium of Norwegian institutions says.
Circulation Research Fires Editor over Homophobic Email
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 11, 2019 | 2 min read
Roberto Bolli was editor of the American Heart Association’s journal until last week, after anti-gay comments he sent to the Louisville Ballet became public.
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