Science Gone Stupid

Posted: June 9, 2017 by gamegetterII in Uncategorized

Watts Up With That?

Guest post by David Middleton

This is perhaps the dumbest article I’ve ever read…

How to avoid the stigma of a retracted paper? Don’t call it a retraction

AMSTERDAM—In 2012 Richard Mann, a mathematician at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, received some very bad news from a friend and colleague. Because of a coding error, the friend explained, Mann had included only 1/100 of his data in a modeling paper on the collective motion of glass prawns, published earlier that year in PLOS Computational Biology. As a result, the paper was deeply flawed.

Mann wanted to set the record straight, but as he began researching his options, despair set in. Retractions are strongly associated with research misconduct. “I became worried about public shaming,” Mann said last week at the fifth World Conference on Research Integrity here…

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