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Q&A: Potential Partiality in Scientific Publishing
The Scientist interviewed clinical pharmacologist Clara Locher, coauthor of a new survey aimed at detecting editorial bias, regarding her team’s findings about biomedical publishing.
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Q&A: Potential Partiality in Scientific Publishing
Q&A: Potential Partiality in Scientific Publishing

The Scientist interviewed clinical pharmacologist Clara Locher, coauthor of a new survey aimed at detecting editorial bias, regarding her team’s findings about biomedical publishing.

The Scientist interviewed clinical pharmacologist Clara Locher, coauthor of a new survey aimed at detecting editorial bias, regarding her team’s findings about biomedical publishing.

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Q&A: Unique Circumstances for Minority Scientists During COVID-19
Asher Jones | Mar 10, 2021
Investigators from underrepresented groups have borne the brunt of the disruption to science from the pandemic, according to an opinion piece that outlines ways in which institutions can lessen the damage.
Frontiers Removes Controversial Ivermectin Paper Pre-Publication
Catherine Offord | Mar 2, 2021
A review article containing contested claims about the tropical medicine drug as a COVID-19 treatment was listed as “provisionally accepted” on the journal’s website before being removed this week.
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Paper Recommends Women Avoid Female Mentors, Drawing Outrage
Viviane Callier | Nov 24, 2020
A study makes policy recommendations to optimize citations, but critics say it fails to acknowledge that citations are a biased and narrow measure of scientific success.
Studies Retracted After UCLA Investigation
Diana Kwon | Jul 21, 2017
Most of the authors have had papers pulled in the past.
Website Flags Wrongly Paywalled Papers
Dalmeet Singh Chawla | May 31, 2017
Thousands of open access papers have mistakenly asked readers to pay access fees, but publishers are correcting the errors. 
Peer Reviewers Less Likely to Be Women
Kerry Grens | Jan 26, 2017
An analysis of journals from the American Geophysical Union finds women are underrepresented as reviewers, likely because editors recommend them less often.
Helping Scientists Spread Their Research
Alison F. Takemura | Aug 1, 2016
A platform called Kudos helps users disseminate—and explain—their publications for free.
Ditching Impact Factors for Deeper Data
Bob Grant | Jul 7, 2016
A team of editors and researchers calls on journal publishers to use citation distributions as measures of publication quality rather than relying on much-derided impact factors.
Repeat Offenders
Kerry Grens | Apr 25, 2016
Scanning the literature, scientists find that nearly 2 percent of papers contain duplicated and manipulated figures, among other image-prep no-nos.
NIH Grant Reviews Don’t Predict Success
Kerry Grens | Feb 18, 2016
Peer reviewers’ assessments of funding proposals to the National Institutes of Health don’t correlate well with later publication citations, a study shows.
A Literature Database with Smarts
Kerry Grens | Nov 3, 2015
Semantic Scholar uses machine reading and vision to extract meaning and impact from academic papers.
Some Study Authors “Unfeasibly Prolific”
Kerry Grens | Aug 19, 2015
A literature scan finds a fraction of researchers who pump out dozens of publications each year.
Researchers Update STAP Protocol
Tracy Vence | Sep 15, 2014
Two coauthors on the now-retracted stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency studies present yet another revision to the published method.
Papers Pulled for Data Manipulation
Kerry Grens | May 12, 2014
Molecular biologist Shigeaki Kato has two more retractions, adding to his fraught publication history. 
Collaboration Bias?
Tracy Vence | Mar 3, 2014
Study finds that male full professors are more likely than high-ranking female academics to collaborate with more junior colleagues of the same sex.
New Neuroscience Journal to Launch
Kerry Grens | Jan 15, 2014
The publisher of The Journal of Neuroscience has laid out plans for an open-access, online-only journal for brain research.
European Researchers Urge H5N1 Caution
Bob Grant | Jan 2, 2014
A group of scientists has called on the European Commission to evaluate the risks and benefits of research that could make deadly viruses more transmissible.
Raw Data’s Vanishing Act
Bob Grant | Dec 22, 2013
As scientific publications age, the data that undergird them are disappearing at an alarming rate.
Gender-based Citation Disparities
Abby Olena | Dec 12, 2013
An analysis reveals that papers with women as key authors are cited less often than those with men as key authors.