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Science lifts embargo early on Marc Hauser replication study

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As we reported on our sister blog Retraction Watch earlier today, Science has released a study by Harvard psychologist Marc Hauser and a colleague replicating work from a 2007 study in the journal that has since been questioned. Hauser, as readers will likely recall, was found guilty of scientific misconduct by Harvard, which has yet to release its final report of the investigation. The 2007 data, however, seem to hold up, according to the report.

The study was embargoed for release with the rest of this week’s Science at 2 p.m Eastern on Thursday, but the journal sent it out early. I asked the press office why. They responded:

The circumstances of this Replication had already been very widely reported, including coverage of Harvard’s internal investigation, and we felt it would be in the best interests of journalists, the public and the scientific community to make the additional information available as quickly as possible.

I applaud that move, and wish more journals would unshackle embargoed data to make sure public conversations are as well-informed as possible.

Written by Ivan Oransky

April 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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