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Retraction Watch: Six days after publication, paper is flagged. By day 11, it’s retracted.

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logoThis is a post from Retraction Watch, our sister blog that’s unfortunately facing technical issues that are taking a while to iron out. Until we sort those out, Retraction Watch is posting a few stories here. 

Authors of a 2018 paper have retracted it after discovering “the conclusions in the article cannot be relied upon.”

The journal, PeerJ, wasted no time. Less than a week after the paper was published, the journal issued an expression of concern to alert readers to the issue and to the forthcoming retraction notice, which appeared five days later, on January 23. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Victoria Stern

February 13, 2018 at 3:14 pm

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When permissions get in the way: Why a Science journal removed accompanying material before embargo

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Last Tuesday, the AP’s longtime medical reporter Lauran Neergaard realized she had a problem.

Well, not a problem, exactly, but an issue with a story she was working on about a new way to deliver drugs to the brain. Neergaard wanted to use images that EurekAlert!, a frequently used clearinghouse for press releases, had provided along with a study on the subject that was embargoed until Wednesday, January 24. But when she’d sent the AP’s standard permission form to the press office at MIT, where the researchers were based, she was told they didn’t have the right to let media such as the AP use the images.

So, she asked EurekAlert! whether they could grant permission. And that’s when everyone involved learned just how complicated such rights can get.

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Written by Ivan Oransky

January 30, 2018 at 9:00 am

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New Scientist breaks embargo on vaping-cancer study in PNAS

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E-cigarettes — aka vaping — may not involve smoke or a flame, but a study of their potential risks may have just landed New Scientist in a hot spot.

From an email that went out to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) media list at 10:47 a.m. Eastern today, more than four hours before the embargo on the study was scheduled to lift:  Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

January 29, 2018 at 12:04 pm

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Site runs embargoed Stanford press release verbatim; PNAS lifts embargo early

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For the second time within a week, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has lifted the embargo on a study because of coverage prior to the originally scheduled embargo time.

This time, the study was of how molecules necessary for life might have first come together, and the outlet was The Science of Cycles, which describes itself as Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

October 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm

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PNAS lifts embargo early on C-section study following Daily Mail story

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The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted the embargo early yesterday on a study of Caesarean sections, after a story by The Daily Mail before the originally scheduled embargo time.

From an email from PNAS to its media list: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

October 17, 2017 at 11:45 am

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PNAS lifts embargo early on study of extinctions, after author’s university jumps the gun

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The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted an embargo early yesterday, after a university broke it with a press release.

From an email sent to reporters yesterday about an hour before the embargo was scheduled to lift: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

September 19, 2017 at 9:00 am

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PNAS lifts embargo early after news outlet runs typhoid fever story too soon

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The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted the embargo early Saturday on a paper about typhoid fever, after a news outlet ran a story three days before the embargo was scheduled to lift.

From an email to the PNAS media list:  Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

August 21, 2017 at 8:10 am

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