Fixing science – via See Arr Oh, Ase and Dave

See Arr Oh asks whether justice was served after a rather disappointing response from Dalton Transaction; See Arr Oh writes:

Regular readers may recall that I posted back-to-back on suspicious swaths of text in two peer-reviewed papers by Xi Yan, a chemistry professor at Beijing Normal University. Along with others (including the authors of both originalpapers), I concluded that the huge blocks of essentially unchanged text in Yan’s papers merited action by the respective Editors of Chemistry and Dalton Transactions.

So, what happened?

To find out, read his blog here.

(Lack of ) actions by Editors of various other journals in reaction to several reported incidents of self-plagiarism (data reuse is probably a more appropriate term) are discussed here by Dave Fernig. Self-plagiarism/data reuse is just as serious as plagiarism – not just because of copyright issues – but because the presentation of old data / argument as if they were original gives the  misleading impression that the results have been reproduced and the materials used in the new study have been characterized.

For a broader view of some of the problems we face, browse

Åse Fixes Science and in particular her

Report from the symposium on Moving Beyond Questionable Practices.



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