Study of China's Ethnic Minorities Retracted As Dozens of Papers Come Under Scrutiny for Ethical Violations
A legal journal has retracted a 2019 article on the facial genetics of ethnic minorities in China for ethics violations. Springer Nature is investigating more than two dozen other articles for similar concerns.
Author Retracts Nature Commentary over Concerns About Section's Sponsorship
Nature has retracted a recent commentary after the author complained that he had been misled by the relationship of the publication to a financial sponsor and told to avoid critiquing work from the institution. The journal says it is revisiting its “editorial guidelines and processes” in the wake of the case.
"Stunned, Very Confused": Two More Journals Push Back Against Impact Factor Suppression
At least two more journals are fighting decisions by Clarivate — the company behind the Impact Factor — to suppress them from the 2019 list of journals assigned a metric that many rightly or wrongly consider career-making.
Hydroxychloroquine-COVID-19 Study Did Not Meet Publishing Society's "expected Standard"
The paper that appears to have triggered the Trump administration’s obsession with hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for infection with the novel coronavirus has received a statement of concern from the society that publishes the journal in which the work appeared.
Prof Who Lost Emeritus Status for Views on Race and Intelligence Has Paper Flagged
Richard Lynn A former emeritus professor who has been called "one of the most unapologetic and raw 'scientific' racists operating today" has had one of his papers subjected to an expression of concern.
Want to Earn $10k per Month? Join the "Journals Mafia"
A new service called "Journals Mafia" appears to act as an intermediary between authors and journals - accepting articles, formatting and fixing the language, and submitting it to the journal. Since the authors pay to publish the articles, the company shares the profits with journals that publish the paper.
Nature Says It Wants to Publish Replication Attempts. so What Happened When a Group of Authors Submitted One to Nature Neuroscience?
Over the past few years, Nature has published editorials extolling the virtues of replication, concluding in one that “We welcome, and will be glad to help disseminate, results that explore the validity of key publications, including our own.” Mante Nieuwland, of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, and colleagues were encouraged by that message and submitted one such replication attempt to Nature Neuroscience. In a three-part guest post, Nieuwland will describe what happened when they did and discusses whether reality lives up to the rhetoric.