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  • The Dark Side

    Authorship For Sale. Papers For Sale. Everything For Sale.

    Academic publishing fraud in China has come up here before, but Science has an in-depth look at the problem. And a big problem it is: “There are some authors who don’t have much use for their papers after they’re published, and they can be transferred to you,” a sales agent for a company called Wanfang… Read More
  • The Dark Side

    A Place to Go For Scientific Whistleblowing

    You’ve seen those “Call for papers” notices, from journals or conferences? Over at Synthetic Remarks, there’s a call for whistleblowers. Reacting to the recent reports of scientific fraud, Fredrik von Kieseritzky is asking those who want to get the details of such things out safely to contact him. Swedish law is very protect… Read More
  • Snake Oil

    The Herbal Supplement Industry Is Not A Very Funny Joke

    The regulatory system we have in the US for selling herbal supplements is screwed up. I’ve thought so for many years, and we’re not the only country that fits that description, either. The system is screwed up in so many important ways that it’s hard to know where to start, but how about back at… Read More
  • The Dark Side

    ACSNano on Problematic Papers

    The editorial board at ACSNano has come out with a statement on how they’d like problematic papers to be handled. This, the article most pointedly does not say, is surely a response to the controversy over a recent (ridiculously Photoshopped) paper that appeared in the journal. That one didn’t make anyone look good, and I… Read More
  • Infectious Diseases

    Holding Back Experimental Details, With Reason

    There’s a lot of worry these days about the reproducibility of scientific papers (a topic that’s come up here many times). And there’s reason to believe that the sharing of data, protocols, and materials is not going so well, either. . . . authors seem less willing to share these additional details about their study… Read More
  • The Dark Side

    A Leak at Lilly

    The Indianapolis Business Journal has reported that two ex-Lilly employees have been indicted on charges of stealing trade secrets: The indictment charges two Carmel residents, Guoqing Cao and Shuyu Li, with seven counts of theft and conspiracy to commit theft. It also describes the actions of a third man, referred to only as Individual #1… Read More
  • The Dark Side

    An Open Access Trash Heap

    Science magazine and writer John Bohannon have done us all a favor. There’s a long article out in the latest issue that details how he wrote up a terrible, ridiculous scientific manuscript, attached a made-up name to it under the aegis of a nonexistent institution, and sent this farrago off to over three hundred open-access… Read More
  • The Dark Side

    They’ll Fake the Journal if You’ll Fake the Papers

    The Economist has a disturbing article on the extent of academic publishing fraud in China. It’s disturbing that it goes on so much, and should be disturbing that it’s in The Economist: DISGUISED as employees of a gas company, a team of policemen burst into a flat in Beijing on September 1st. Two suspects inside… Read More
  • The Dark Side

    An Unknown Author With Someone Else’s Work. Why?

    Here’s a bizarre one: someone apparently faked up a bunch of author names and contact information, and published results (in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications) that they’re heard Bruce Spiegelman of Harvard talk about. The motive? Well. . .the only thing that makes sense is sheer vituperativeness, and even that doesn&# Read More
  • The Dark Side

    File Under “Nerve, Lots Of”

    From an editorial in Science written by the president and the vice-president of the European Research Council: Imagine sitting over a pile of applications submitted to one of the most prestigious funding agencies. Suddenly, what you read appears familiar—not only the idea, but its terminology and the methods proposed. You recognize entire sentenc… Read More