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)

Bipartisan Outrage as EPA, White House Try to Cover Up Chemical Health Assessment (Union of Concerned Scientists, 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 introduces sweeping reforms to crack down on academic misconduct (Nature, June 8, 2018)

Review needs a revision (Elephant in the Lab, June 11, 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)

Promoting good science practice The Norwegian case (Elephant in the Lab, 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)

Has the tide turned towards responsible metrics in research? (The Guardian, 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)

Psychology Itself Is Under Scrutiny (The New York Times, July 16, 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)

Ottawa unveils integrity rules to shield scientists from interference (The Globe and Mail, July 30, 2018)

Plan to replicate 50 high-impact cancer papers shrinks to just 18 (Science, July 31, 2018)


August:

Replication Failures Highlight Biases in Ecology and Evolution Science (The Scientist, August 1, 2018)

Rectify biased interpretation of science history (Nature, August 1, 2018)

Resist calls for replicability in the humanities (Nature, August 1, 2018)

Students allege inhumane treatment of lab animals at U of C’s psychology department (CBC, August 7, 2018)

India cracks down on plagiarism at universities (Nature, August 9, 2018)

Scientists report political meddling, self-censorship (GreenWire, August 14, 2018)

Investigation reveals serious scientific misconduct by IIT Dhanbad faculty (The Hindu, August 16, 2018)

Tide of lies: Researcher at the center of an epic fraud remains an enigma to those who exposed him (Science, August 17, 2018)

Prominent health policy researcher plagiarized colleagues’ work, Dartmouth investigation finds (STAT News, August 20, 2018)

High-profile journals put to reproducibility test (Nature, August 27, 2018)

Credibility is our currency: conflicts of interest and research misconduct (Biology Fortified, August 27, 2018)

Latest Effort to Replicate Psych Studies Yields 62 Percent Success (The Scientist, August 28, 2018)

India targets universities in predatory-journal crackdown (Nature, August 28, 2018)

Opening up peer review (Nature, August 29, 2018)

Ethics dumping: the exploitative side of academic research (The Guardian, August 31, 2018)


September:

Universities are worse than drug companies about reporting clinical trail failures (Science, September 12, 2018)

About Half of Clinical Trials Go Unreported in EU (The Scientist, September 14, 2018)

Austrian agency shows how to tackle scientific misconduct (Nature, September 19, 2018)

Reboot undergraduate courses for reproducibility (Nature, September 19, 2018)

“Journalologists” use scientific methods to study academic publishing. Is their work improving science? (Science, September 19, 2018)

JAMA Journals Retract Six Papers by Cornell Researcher (The Scientist, September 19, 2018)

This research group seeks to expose weakness in science–and they’ll step on some toes if they have to (Science, September 20, 2018)

More and more scientists are preregistering their research. Should you? (Science, September 21, 2018)

Toward a more scientific science (Science, September 21, 2018)

University says prominent food researcher committed academic misconduct (Nature, September 21, 2018)

Making research integrity a priority (The Ohio State University, September 27, 2018)


October:

What “data thugs” really need (Nature, October 3, 2018)

Ghost authorship haunts industry-funded clinical trials (Nature, October 9, 2018)

Was cancer scientist fired for challenging lab chief over authorship? (Science, October 9, 2018)

Report: Former CNRS President Guilty of Fraud (The Scientist, October 15, 2018)

Debate over misconduct stalls Egyptian clinical trials law (ScieDev.Net, October 17, 2018)

Watch dogs: Scientific integrity at Science Advances (Science Advances, October 17, 2018)

Rethinking retraction (Science, October 26, 2018)

A scientist’s fraudulent studies put patients at risk (Science, October 26, 2018)

No Wonder Scientists Ask Statisticians to Cook the Data (Bloomberg, October 26, 2018)

One publisher, more than 7000 retractions (Science, October 26, 2018)

Fallout for co-authors (Science, October 26, 2018)

He Promised to Restore Damaged Hearts. Harvards Says His Lab Fabricated Research (The New York Times, October 29, 2018)

1 In 4 Statisticians Say They Were Asked To Commit Scientific Fraud (American Council on Science and Health, October 30, 2018)

Savvy leadership promotes ethical science (Nature, October 31, 2018)


November:

Single-molecule magnet controversy highlights transparency problems with U.K. research integrity system (C&EN, November 2, 2018)

Meet the people busting scientists who fake images in research papers (The Next Web, November 6, 2018)

Cornell Launches 3rd Investigation Into Brian Wansink’s Research Misconduct (The Cornell Daily Sun, November 6, 2018)

Be open about drug failures to speed up research (Nature, November 13, 2018)

Widespread plagiarism detected in many medical journals based in Africa (Nature, November 16, 2018)

The argument for using blockchain to secure scientific research (C&EN, November 18, 2018)

Replication failures in psychology not due to differences in study populations (Nature, November 19, 2018)

Duke University to settle case alleging researchers used fraudulent data to win millions in grants (Science, November 19, 2018)

To catch misconduct, journals are hiring research integrity cars (STAT, November 21, 2018)

This Is The One Key Difference Separating Good Science From Junk Science (Forbes, November 21, 2018)

The double standard of retractions (The Varsity, November 25, 2018)

Some Gains, but Room for Improvement in Research Transparency, Study Finds (Yale School of Public Health, November 27, 2018)

Industry is more alarmed about reproducibility than academia (Nature, November 28, 2018)


December:

How sure are you of your result? Put a number on it (Nature, December 4, 2018)

Psychology’s replication crisis has made the field better (FiveThirtyEight, December 6, 2018)

Medical science in Africa has a serious plagiarism problem (QuartzAfrica, December 7, 2018)

Research misconduct penalties extended into other areas (University World News, December 8, 2018)

Science in hand: how art and craft can boost reproducibility (Nature, December 10, 2018)

The integrity of our research depends on the full disclosure of industry relationships (AAMCNEWS, December 11, 2018)

Illinois Regulators Are Investigating a Psychiatrist Whose Research With Children Was Marred by Misconduct (Propulica Illinois, December 12, 2018)

UK forensic lab misconduct results in dozens of convictions being overturned (ChemistryWorld, December 13, 2018)

Journals Retract 13 Papers from Heart Stem Cell Lab (The Scientist, December 14, 2018)

China introduces “social” punishments for scientific misconduct (Nature, December 14, 2018)

Research integrity, Chinese style (BioEdge, December 14, 2018)

Sometimes a failure to replicate a study isn’t a failure at all (ScienceNews, December 16, 2018)

Tenured Biology Professor Sacked for Research Misconduct (The Scientist, December 17, 2018)

The role of big data in science’s reproducibility crisis (Pacific Standard, December 17, 2018)

Disgraced CU scientist debarred after falsifying data (CU News, December 26, 2018)

Top Retractions of 2018 (The Scientist, December 26, 2018)

Opinion: More scientific papers should be retracted (The Intell, December 28, 2018)

Richard Smith: Amateurism still flourishing in scientific journals (The BMJ Opinion, December 31, 2018)


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