News Articles on Scientific Practice and Scientific Dysfunction (2016)

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News Articles 2016:

 January:

Bad science: 5 most notable studies retracted in 2015 (CBS News, January 1, 2016)

We need clinical trials but we must remain vigilant against their abuse (The Guardian, January 4, 2016)

Fraudulent Paper Pulled (The Scientist, January 5, 2016)

Missing mice: gaps in data plague animal research (Nature, January 5, 2016)

Ranjit Chandra, medical researcher, stripped of Order of Canada (CBC News, January 8, 2016)

AIDS-vaccine fraud sentence upheld for ex-ISU scientist (The Des Moines Register, January 13, 2016)

How peer reviews might hold the key to making science more transparent (The Guardian, January 15, 2016)

What we know so far about the clinical trial disaster in France (Science Magazine, January 15, 2016)>

Italian papers on genetically modified crops under investigation (Nature, January 18, 2016)

Science expresses concern over controversial chemistry paper (Nature, January 21, 2016)

Firing of veteran NIH scientist prompts protests over publication ban (Science Magazine, February 22, 2017)

Research integrity: Don’t let transparency damage science (Nature, January 25, 2016)

Responsibility conducting research (Science Magazine, January 29, 2016)


February:

Reproducibility: A tragedy of errors (Nature, February 3, 2016)

NSF breaks new ground in reprimanding authors of flawed Science paper (Science Magazine, February 4, 2016)

If you fail to reproduce another scientist’s results, this journal wants to know (Science Magazine, February 4, 2016)

French company bungled clinical trial that led to a death and illness, report says (Science Magazine, February 5, 2016)

Karolinska’s vice-chancellor resigns over case of controversial surgeon (Nature, February 15, 2016)

Many surveys, about one in five, may contain fraudulent data (Science Magazine, February 24, 2016)


March:

Document Claims Drug Makers Deceived a Top Medical Journal (New York Times, March 1, 2016)

M.D. Anderson scientist, accused of manipulating data, retires (Houston Chronicle, March 2, 2016)

New Critique Sees Flaws in Landmark Analysis of Psychology Studies (New York Times, March 3, 2016)

About 40% of economics experiments fail replication survey (Science Magazine, March 3, 2016)

Psychology’s replication crisis sparks new debate (ScienceNews, March 3, 2016)

Researchers overturn landmark study on the replicability of psychological science (Science Daily, March 3, 2016)

Psychology Is in Crisis Over Whether It’s in Crisis (Wired, March 3, 2016)

Psychology’s reproducibility problem is exaggerated – say psychologists (Nature, March 3, 2016)

Errors riddled 2015 study showing replication crisis in psychology research, scientists say (The Washington Post, March 3, 2016)

Psychology’s Replication Crisis Can’t Be Wished Away (The Atlantic, March 4, 2016)

Should All Research Papers Be Free? (New York Times, March 12, 2016)

Set up a ‘self-retraction’ system for honest errors (Nature, March 22, 2016)

Karolinska Institute fires fallen star surgeon Paola Macchiarini (Science Magazine, March 23, 2016)

‘Superstar doctor’ fired from Swedish institute over research ‘lies’ (The Guardian, March 24, 2016)

Studying the science of science (Science Magazine, March 28, 2016)

French scientists accused of perjury for allegedly concealing industry payments (Science Magazine, Mar 31, 2016)


April:

This scientist nearly went to jail for making up data (The Washington Post, April 1, 2016)

Criminologists scrutinise academia in wake of scientific scandals (Times Higher Education, April 1, 2016)

The Female Viagra, Undone by a Drug Maker’s Dysfunction (New York Times, April 9, 2016)

Climate Crows Ignores a Scientific Fraud (Wall Street Journal, April 15, 2016)

Sins of the principal investigator (Science Magazine, April 20, 2016)

Problematic images found in 4% of biomedical papers (Nature, April 22, 2016)

 


May:

Impostor poses as expert scientist to mysteriously peer-review work for scientific journal (The Washington Post, May 5, 2016)

France tightens rules in wake of fatal clinical trial (Science Magazine, May 23, 2016)

When it comes to replicating studies, context matters, an analysis of reproducibility project work finds (ScienceDaily, May 23, 2016)

When Great Minds Think Unalike: Inside Science’s ‘Replication Crisis’ (NPR, May 24, 2016)

1,500 scientists lift the lid on reproducibility (Nature, May 25, 2016)

Why Do So Many Studies Fail to Replicate? (New York Times, May 27, 2016)


June:

Scientists Who Cheat (The New York Times, June 1, 2015)

Muddled meanings hamper efforts to fix reproducibility crisis (Nature, June 14, 2016)

Scientists aren’t superheroes – failure is a valid result (The Guardian, June 8, 2016)

Two former U. of C. medical researchers faked data, government finds (Chicago Tribune, June 9, 2016)

Journals retract three ‘fraudulent’ UM papers (Malaysiakini June 23, 2016)

An N.Y.U Study Gone Wrong, and a Top Researcher Dismissed (New York Times, June 27, 2016)

NYU medical school stops studies after ethical violations (Fox News, June 29, 2016)


July:

Watch out for cheats in citation game (Nature, July 12, 2016)

Why It Took Social Science Years to Correct a Simple Error about ‘Psychoticism’ (NY Magazine, July 15, 2016)

False Alarm: Damien Hirst’s Formaldehyde Fumes Weren’t Dangerous (New York Times, July 15, 2016)

3 Singapore-based scientists linked to research fraud (The Straits Times, July 16, 2016)

Dutch agency launches first grants programme dedicated to replication (Nature, July 20, 2016)

No tenure for German social psychologist accused of data manipulation (Science Magazine, July 21, 2016)


August:

The EpiPen, a Case Study in Health System Dysfunction (New York Times, August 23, 2016)

Leading scientist suspended amid ‘research misconduct’ investigation (The Scotsman, August 28, 2016)

Stop ignoring misconduct (Nature, August, 31, 2016)

Stem-cell doctor did surgeries with ‘inadequate’ proof (Associated Press, August 31, 2016)


September:

Whistleblower sues Duke, claims doctored data helped win $200 million in grants (Science Magazine, September 1, 2016)

Two Nobel judges fired over stem-cell doctor scandal (The Guardian, September 6, 2016)

Panel finds misconduct in rat paper by star surgeon Paolo Macchiarini (Science Magazine, September 9, 2016)

Why scientists must share their research code (Nature, September 13, 2016)

Cut-throat academia leads to ‘natural selection of bad science’, claims study (The Guardian, September 20, 2016)

University of Tokyo to investigate data manipulation charges against six prominent research groups (Science Magazine, September 20, 2016)

Psychologists fail to replicate well-known behaviour linked to learning (Nature, September 26, 2016)


October:

‘Advocacy Research’ Discredits Science And Aids Unprincipled Activism (Forbes, October 5, 2016)

Bringing image manipulation to light (Science Magazine, October 11, 2016)

Todai biomedical research fraud probe seen pointing to wider misconduct (The Japan Times, October 12, 2016)

What is Replication Crisis? (Popular Science, October 14, 2016)

Why is so much research dodgy? Blame the Research Excellence Framework (The Guardian, October 17, 2016)

Effect of facial expression on emotional state not replicated in multilab study (ScienceDaily, October 27, 2016)


November:

Publisher pulls 58 articles by Iranian scientists over authorship manipulation (Nature, November 1, 2016)

Evidence of Fraud Discovered in 33 Medical Studies (Patch Media, November 11, 2016)

Probable scientific misconduct in bone health studies, new study suggests (Science Daily, November 9, 2016)

Tougher action needed in the fight against scientific fraud (Phys.org, November 9, 2016)

‘Scientific fraud’: B.C. geologist pans data behind Flora Bank LNG approval (Vancouver Sun, November 6, 2016)

CDC Scientists Expose Agency Corruption (EcoWatch, November 21, 2016)


December:

Misconduct allegations fly in spat over paper on microplastics and fish larvae (Science Magazine, December 1, 2016)

Science’s spam epidemic (Phys.org, December 2, 2016)

In Canada, case spurs concern over misconduct secrecy (Science Magazine, December 14, 2016)

Swiss survey highlights potential flaws in animal studies (Nature, December 20, 2016)

Top 10 Retractions of 2016 (The Scientist, December 21, 2016)


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