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Posts tagged with "The Scientific Literature"

  • The Dark Side

    A Very Public Retraction. Good.

    Word came out yesterday from Frances Arnold of Caltech (via her Twitter account) that she and her co-authors are retracting this paper from Science. The retraction notice itself has the details: After publication of the Report “Site-selective enzymatic C‒H amidation for synthesis of diverse lactams” (1), efforts to reproduce the work showed t… Read More
  • Academia (vs. Industry)

    The Hype Problem

    This paper is right, and it says things that need to be said. I wonder, though, if saying them will do any good. Let me explain what the heck I’m talking about! The paper is titled “Blocking the Hype-Hypocrisy-Falsification-Fakery Pathway is Needed to Safeguard Science“, and I don’t see how anyone can really disagree. When… Read More
  • Snake Oil

    A Research Scandal in China

    This is not going to be a reassuring story – not for the biomedical literature, and not for the Chinese scientific establishment. But the head of the official Research Integrity initiative there, Xuetao Cao, a former head of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and current president of Nankai University, is now thoroughly involved in… Read More
  • General Scientific News

    Cutting Back On Lousy Conferences

    I’ve written before about the lowest tier of scientific conferences, the ones that are basically “presentation mills” for people to pad their CVs with. Now I see that South Korea is actively discouraging professors from attending such things. The Education Ministry is requiring a checklist form and vetting by each university to ma… Read More
  • The Scientific Literature

    Nonsense Lives On in the Citations

    It’s apparent to anyone who’s familiar with the scientific literature that citations to other papers are not exactly an ideal system. It’s long been one of the currencies of publication, since highly-cited work clearly stands out as having been useful to others and more visible in the scientific community (the great majority of pa… Read More
  • The Scientific Literature

    Scientific Prose

    Many folks have noted this advice from well-known novelist Cormac McCarthy on writing scientific papers, usually with a sense of disbelief that he has anything to do with scientific papers at all. I felt the same way, but he’s been associated with the Santa Fe Institute (physics and math) for some years now, and has… Read More
  • The Dark Side

    Cite My Papers. Or Else.

    The ways to mess around with the peer-review process are legion, but these schemes are getting a bit easier to catch. That’s what I take away from this paper, from two bibliographic scientists at Elsevier who set up a system to do just that. One hears tales of reviewers who will look more favorably on… Read More
  • Chemical News

    Not All Of Those Compounds Are Real. Again.

    The Nrf2 pathway has been a hot area of research for some years now, particularly in oncology. It’s a basic-leucine-zipper transcription factor that under normal conditions stays mostly out in the cytosol, where it’s under tight regulatory control. Under cellular stress, though, it heads into the nucleus and fulfills its transcription-f… Read More
  • Chemical News

    Robotic Flow Synthesis: The Latest Version

    Here’s another step along the way to automated synthesis, in a new paper from MIT. The eventual hope is to unite the software and the hardware in this area, both of which are developing these days, and come up with a system that can produce new compounds with a minimum of human intervention. Let’s stipulate… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Startups And Their Publications

    How much does scientific publication matter? For once, we’re not going to be talking about its role in academia (partly because it obviously means quite a bit there!) No, how much does it matter in industry? Specifically, at highly valued biomedical startups? That’s the subject of this new paper by John Ioannides and co-authors, and… Read More
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