Skip to comments.A Sharp Rise in Retractions Prompts Calls for Reform
Posted on 04/17/2012 11:58:50 AM PDT by neverdem
In the fall of 2010, Dr. Ferric C. Fang made an unsettling discovery. Dr. Fang, who is editor in chief of the journal Infection and Immunity, found that one of his authors had doctored several papers.
It was a new experience for him. Prior to that time, he said in an interview, Infection and Immunity had only retracted nine articles over a 40-year period.
The journal wound up retracting six of the papers from the author, Naoki Mori of the University of the Ryukyus in Japan. And it soon became clear that Infection and Immunity was hardly the only victim of Dr. Moris misconduct. Since then, other scientific journals have retracted two dozen of his papers, according to the watchdog blog Retraction Watch.
Nobody had noticed the whole thing was rotten, said Dr. Fang, who is a professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Dr. Fang became curious how far the rot extended. To find out, he teamed up with a fellow editor at the journal, Dr. Arturo Casadevall of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. And before long they reached a troubling conclusion: not only that retractions were rising at an alarming rate, but that retractions were just a manifestation of a much more profound problem a symptom of a dysfunctional scientific climate, as Dr. Fang put it.
Dr. Casadevall, now editor in chief of the...
The highest retraction index in the study went to one of the worlds leading medical journals, The New England Journal of Medicine. In a statement for this article, it questioned the studys methodology, noting that it considered only papers with abstracts, which are included in a small fraction of studies published in each issue. Because our denominator was low, the index was high, the statement said...
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Why don’t they just ignore the fraud like the AGW people? It’s been obvious for quite some time that the “science” industry was hopelessly corrupt.
Al Gore, paging Al Gore. As you're hero's 'minister' says, "your chickens are coming home to roost."
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