28 Apr 2007

Journalology roundup #6

Plagiarism is not fair play. "I beg to differ with the view ... that non-English-speaking researchers' plagiarism of scientific text should be dealt with leniently". There has been quite a lot of discussion on the World Association of Medical Editors list about plagiarism - I agree that it cannot be tolerated.

Valid Consent for Genomic Epidemiology in Developing Countries. "we discuss the practical challenges of defining and obtaining valid consent for genomic epidemiological research in developing countries".

Mistakes and misconduct in the research literature: retractions just the tip of the iceberg. "I recently wrote a systematic review of studies (published between 1972 and 2005) of growth in children taking stimulant medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and I was astounded by the poor quality of much of the research".

Controversial fertility paper retracted. After determining the article was "duplicated," Fertility and Sterility bars corresponding author, but not other co-authors, for three years.

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