News Articles on Scientific Practice and Scientific Dysfunction (2018)

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News Articles 2018:

January:

How reliable are scientific studies? (Cambridge University Press, January 2, 2018)

Why Scientists Need to do More about Research Fraud (The Guardian, January 4, 2018)

Interim CNRS President Removed, Faces Data Manipulation Allegations (The Scientist, January 11, 2018)

Make replication studies ‘a normal and essential part of science,’ Dutch science academy says (Science, January 16, 2018)

Nobel laureate suggests he could resign from leadership post over colleague’s bogus paper (Science, January 23, 2018)

In Defense of the Replication Movement (Slate, January 24, 2018)

iPS Research Fraud Points up Challenges for Research Ethics (The Asahi Shimbun, January 26, 2018)

Who Reports More Misconduct: Scientists in Industry or Academia? (Retraction Watch, January 30, 2018)

Can scientists agree on a code of ethics? (Big Think, January 30, 2018)


February:

Meet the ‘data thugs’ out to expose shoddy and questionable research (Science, February 14, 2018)

Artificial Intelligence Faces Reproducibility Crisis (Science, February 16, 2018)

Prestigious Science Journals Struggle to Reach Even Average Reliability (Frontiers, February 20, 2018)

How to make replication the norm (Nature, February 21, 2018)

Want to Boost Reproducibility? Get Another Lab Involved (The Scientist, February 22, 2018)

A code of ethics to get scientists talking (Nature, February 27, 2018)

Emails Reveal Questionable Practices by Cornell Food Scientist and His Coauthors (The Scientist, February 27, 2018)

Death of a Veggie Salesman (Slate, February 28, 2018)


March:

Will a code of ethics make researchers ethical (BioEdge, March 4, 2018)

Italian Scientist’s Retraction Count Hits 15 (The Scientist, March 5, 2018)

How (and Whether) to Teach Undergraduates About the Replication Crisis in Psychological Science (Sage Journals, March 11, 2018)

Scientific Misconduct Harms Prior Collaborators (EurekAlert, March 15, 2018)

Caught our Notice: Voinnet Co-Author Issues Another Correction (Retraction Watch, March 16, 2018)

Neuroscientist Explains: Psychology’s Replication Crisis (The Guardian, March 19, 2018)

Scientists examine reproducibility of research issues and remedies (Science X, March 19, 2018)

Investigation Finds Signs of Misconduct in Swedish Researcher’s Papers (The Scientist, March 21, 2018)

Who might be spying on your tweets in the name of science? (CU Boulder Today, March 21, 2018)

Duke’s Mishandling of Misconduct Prompts New U.S. Government Grant Oversight (Science, March 23, 2018)

What is the impact of retractions in science? (Elephant in the lab, March 26, 2018)

Four proposals for a more reliable scientific literature (South African Journal of Science, March 27, 2018)

Cancer Researcher at Ohio State University resign following multiple misconduct findings (Science, March 30, 2018)


April:

For Watchdog Scientists, Using Software to Fight Dubious Cancer Research (Undark, April 2, 2018)

OSU Professor Falsified Data on Eight Papers, Resigns (The Scientist, April 2, 2018)

Hundreds of Researchers Are Trying to Replicate High-Profile Psychology Studies (Buzzfeed, April 3, 2018)

Facebook data: why ethical reviews matter in academic research (The Conversation, April 4, 2018)

Why the Ohio State University decided to go public about misconduct (Science, April 5, 2018)

India creates unique tiered system to punish plagiarism (Science, April 9, 2018)

Infamous Case of Fraud by Protein Crystallographer Ends in 10-year Funding Ban (Retraction Watch, April 10, 2018)

A real-life Lord of the Flies: the troubling legacy of the Robbers Cave experiment (The Guardian, April 16, 2018)

Science’s ‘reproducibility crisis’ is Now Being Used as Political Ammunition (Wired, April 20, 2018)

Leveraging Data Science to Identify Fraudulent Scientific Studies (ACFE Insights, April 25, 2018)

Many results in microeconomics are shaky (The Economist, April 26, 2018)

Prominent Cell Biologist Fired After Data Manipulation Investigation (The Scientist, April 30, 2018)


May:

Q&A Felicitas Hesselmann: Vague and varied retractions point to weakness in the scientific community (Nature Index, May 1, 2018)

Meet the Watchdog Scientists Battling Dubious Scientific Research (Global Investigation Journal, May 2, 2018)

EPA Cites ‘Replication Crisis’ in Justifying Open Science Proposal (American Institute of Physics, May 4, 2018)

When is ‘Failure to Replicate’ a Problem, and for Who? (Forbes, May 7, 2018)

What Can Be Done to Fix the Replication Crisis in Science? (Enago Academy, May 9, 2018)

Journal Retracts Paper Claiming Neurological Damage from HPV Vaccine (Science, May 11, 2018)

Nine pitfalls of research misconduct (Nature, May 16, 2018)

Give every paper a read for reproducibility (Nature, May 16, 2018)

What Took More Than Five Years? Elservier Retracts 20 Papers By World’s Most Prolific Fraudster (Retraction Watch, May 17, 2018)

Chief Academic Officer Accused in Ongoing Research Scandal at UCL (The Scientist, May 17, 2018)

Research Fraud: How Journals Should Address It (Enago Academy, May 21, 2018)

Data Fabrication & Reproducibility: How Triangulation Offers Novel Solutions (Enago Academy, May 21, 2018)

Answers to 18 Questions About Open Science Practices (Journal of Business and Psychology, May 23, 2018)

Using Medicine and Science to Improve the Quality of Life (The New York Times, May 24, 2018)

Scientist Who Received Millions from NIH Leaves Alabama Posts (The Scientist, May 24, 2018)

Another Retraction for Discredited Researcher (The Scientist, May 25, 2018)

10 Types of Scientific Misconduct (Enago Academy, May 28, 2018)


June:

Greater Credibility Needed in Investigations of Scientific Misconduct Reports (Medicalbag, June 1, 2018)

Let’s Stop Talking About The ’30 Million Word Gap’ (nprEd, June 1, 2018)

Why Rich Kids Are So Good at the Marshmallow Test (The Atlantic, June 1, 2018)

The Ideal Subjects for a Salt Study? Maybe Prisoners (The New York Times, June 4, 2018)

With Federal Funding for Science on the Decline, What’s the Role of a Profit Motive in Research? (The Conversation, June 5, 2018)

The ‘marshmallow test’ said patience was a key to success. A new replication tells us s’more (Vox, June 6, 2018)

Larger Sample Sizes Needed to Increase Reproducibility in Neuroscience Studies (EurekAlert, June 7, 2018)

China is Genetically Engineering Monkeys with Brain Disorders (The Atlantic, June 8, 2018)

China sets a strong example on how to address scientific fraud (Nature, June 12, 2018)

Following charges of flawed statistics, major medical journal sets the record straight (Science, June 13, 2018)

Science Says: What happens when researchers make mistakes (The Seattle Times, June 13, 2018)

Scientific Sleuthing for Reproducible Results (Phys Org, June 14, 2018)

Genetic Engineering Researcher: Politicians are deaf to people’s ethical concerns (EurekAlert!, June 15, 2018)

Theranos Leaders Indicted for Fraud (The Scientist, June 18, 2018)

Undergrads Can Improve Psychology (The Wall Street Journal, June 19, 2018)

How a Flood of Corporate Funding Can Distort NIH Research (The Washington Post, June 22, 2018)

Seven Researchers Guilty of Misconduct in Macchiarini Case (The Scientist, June 25, 2018)

Macchiarini guilty of misconduct, but whistleblowers share blame, new Karolinska Institute verdict finds (Science, June 26, 2018)

In Nigeria, a battle against academic plagiarism heats up (Science, June 27, 2018)

Disgraced trachea surgeon – and six co-authors – found responsible for misconduct (Nature, June 27, 2018)

35,000 Papers May Have Retraction-Worthy Image Duplication (The Scientist, June 29,2018)


July:

Scientists Rarely Admit Mistakes. A New Project Wants to Change That (Undark, July 2, 2018)

Teaching the Craft, Ethics, and Politics of Field Experiments (Freedom to Tinker, July 3, 2018)

Hidden Conflicts? Pharma payments to FDA advisers after drug approvals spark ethical concerns (Science, July 5, 2018)

Beware those scientific studies—most are wrong, researcher warns (Science X, July 5, 2018)

Integrity in research (The Independent, July 10, 2018)

MPs want new watchdog to root out research misconduct (The Guardian, July 10, 2018)

We need more investigations into research misconduct (The Guardian, July 11, 2018)

To Reinvent Peer Review, We Must Reinvent How We Pay Peer-Reviewers Back (The Wire, July 11, 2018)

William McBride, Who Warned About Thalidomide, Dies at 91 (The New York Times, July 15, 2018)

Proposed EPA “Transparency” Rule Criticized (The Scientist, July 18, 2018)

New data red tape could hamper international research (University World News, July 20, 2018)

University of Edinburgh Demands Retraction of Researcher’s Papers (The Scientist, July 23, 2018)

Scientific Whistleblowing: When Should a Researcher Call for a Retraction? (Undark, July 24, 2018)

Monsanto Accused of Fraudulent Data in Roundup Cancer Trial (Courthouse News Service, July 27, 2018)


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