Plant biologist earns string of retractions, bringing total to 9

A pair of plant biologists has lost a string of papers over concerns about image manipulation. One author has added eight new retractions to his CV; the other has added five. Last summer, a journal retracted another paper by the pair, also citing suspicions of image manipulation. The latest batch of retractions — issued by seven […]

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Authors contest retractions for “high degrees of similarity” with previous papers

A group of researchers has lost two papers due to “high degrees of similarity with previously published works,” according to the notices. The authors are objecting to the retractions, however, arguing the journal never gave them an opportunity to show their work is different from the previous papers. Both papers were published in the International Journal of Plastics […]

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Plant biologist loses three papers that made up a duplication ring

A biologist in India has lost three papers that appear to have been part of a network of duplications. One paper published in 2012 was retracted — at the researcher’s request — for copying from a 2010 paper of his. In turn, both papers were duplicated in a paper that was published in 2016, and retracted […]

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Nuclear fuel container material isn’t as novel as it appeared in now-retracted paper

A paper describing the construction of a material that could be used in nuclear fuel containers has been retracted after the authors left out key details. According to the editor, the omission made the authors’ method seem more novel than it was. The material is described in “Structure and Mechanical Properties of Thick Copper Coating Made […]

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Journal retracts all papers by education researcher, bringing his total to 21

A journal has followed through on its promise to retract all articles by an education researcher, after an investigation raised questions about the validity of the data in some of his work with children with special needs. The latest notice — which includes a list of 11 papers — brings the total number of retractions for Noel […]

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Error-laden database kills paper on extinction patterns

An ecologist in Australia realized a database he was using to spot trends in extinction patterns was problematic, affecting two papers. One journal issued an expression of concern, which has since turned into a retraction. So far, the other journal has left the paper untouched. The now-retracted paper concluded that medium-sized species on islands tend to […]

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Researchers retract paper after they run out of breast milk

If you think something is amiss with your data, running an experiment again to figure out what’s going on is a good move. But it’s not always possible. A team of researchers in Seoul recently found themselves in a bind when they needed to check their work, but were out of a key substance: breast milk. The […]

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A first for us: Journal retracts obituary (but not for the reasons you think)

On December 31st 2014, a pioneer in the study of inflammatory bowel disease passed away. An obituary published in the Journal of Digestive Diseases shortly thereafter is typical enough: It describes his achievements, importance to his patients, and battle with pancreatic cancer. But “Loss in the Last Day of 2014: a Eulogy for Prof. Bing Xia” has now been […]

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Authors pull two papers about faulty glucose meters after industry prompts

Two papers evaluating glucose meters — used by diabetics to monitor blood sugar levels — suggested that a couple of the devices don’t work as well as they should. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the companies that sell those meters objected to how the studies were conducted. By all accounts, the companies appear to be justified in their complaints. In both cases, […]

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Journal pulls plug on paper that predicts person’s death, against authors’ objections

Some people can look at an old photograph of a person — say, of your grandmother in elementary school — and tell whether the person is today alive or dead, according to a paper published last spring. If that sounds too weird to be true…well, it might be. The journal editors have retracted the paper for not having enough evidence to back […]

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