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(Australia and Canada) ‘How I got fooled’: The story behind the retraction of a study of gamers – Retraction Watch (Leto Sapunar | June 2020)0

Posted by Admin in on July 29, 2020

In April of this year, Corneel Vandelanotte realized something had gone wrong with a paper he had recently published.

CQU researcher seeking to help Canadian-based researcher ‘sucked in’ to co-authorship of a paper that was subsequently retracted because of flawed analysis, but may also have added false authors and involved data fabrication.  We have included links to 20 related items.

First, there was a post about his paper by Nick Brown, a scientific sleuth, questioning the results, ethics, and authors behind the work. That was followed by a comment on PubPeer by Elisabeth Bik, another scientific sleuth.

“People started alerting me,” Vandelanotte, a public health researcher at Central Queensland University in Rockhampton, told Retraction Watch. “Hey, have you seen this blog by Nick Brown? And, and then yeah, okay, that was a bad day. Let me put it that way.”

Vandelanotte grew concerned. He asked the lead author on the paper to see the data. When the lead author refused to share them, saying they were inaccessible, Vandelanotte became convinced: He had been deceived.

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(Australia) Why did a journal suddenly retract a 45-year-old paper over lack of informed consent? – Retraction Watch (Adam Marcus | July 2020)0

Posted by Admin in on July 26, 2020

A journal has retracted a 45-year-old case study over concerns that the authors had failed to obtain proper informed consent from the family they’d described.

Part of good governance is recognising when a tough position is just silly. Not too long ago, AHEC took a stance that cell lines, for instance, could still be used even though consent was not a routine part of the process 30+ years ago. There has to be a balance between respect and common sense. In this instance, no one would have noticed if it hadn’t been retracted. Perhaps it should highlight the need to have routine mechanisms in place for consent for case series.

The article, “Stickler syndrome report of a second Australian family,” appeared in Pediatric Radiology, a Springer Nature title, in 1975. The first author was Kazimierz Kozlowski, a prominent radiologist who was born in Poland and worked in the United States and Australia, where he studied skeletal diseases in children.

Stickler syndrome is an inherited disorder marked by defects in the skeleton, eyes and other organ systems. The condition affects roughly one in 7,500 babies in the United States, although the true incidence may be somewhat higher because some cases are mild enough to go undiagnosed.

According to the retraction notice:

The Editors have retracted this article [1] as is it is not clear whether parental consent was provided for publication of the images and case. Given the age of the article we have been unable to verify this, therefore the article is no longer available online in order to protect the privacy of the individual. Both authors agree to this retraction.



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(Australia) UTS loses application to appeal against reinstatement of academic sacked for not publishing enough research – Sydney Morning Herald (Anna Patty | July 2020)0

Posted by Admin in on July 18, 2020

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has lost its application to appeal against a Fair Work Commission decision that found it had unfairly sacked an academic for not publishing enough research papers in peer-reviewed journals.

The Fair Work Commission in March found that Lucy Zhao was unfairly sacked from her job as a lecturer in the Finance Discipline Group in August last year for “unsatisfactory performance” after UTS decided she was not publishing enough articles in quality academic journals.

The Fair Work Commission full bench in a judgment published on Wednesday, by a majority of two to one, rejected the university’s request to appeal that decision, which had ordered that Dr Zhao be reinstated.

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Queensland unis marked “satisfactory” for handling research fraud – Campus Morning Mail (July 2020)0

Posted by Admin in on July 15, 2020

Last year the Queensland corruption commission decided to investigate 21 allegations of research fraud, by examining policies and practises at Uni Queensland Uni, Southern Queensland and QUT

In May ’19 the Crime and Corruption Commission announced an audit of “prevention measure” and how universities responded to allegations of research fraud, (CMM May 10). No universities are identified in the report now released.

Overall the report finds the three universities it investigated have “satisfactory” complaints management and prevention systems.

However, there are specific recommendations on improving policies and processes dealing with peer review, conflict of interest and compliance with the national voluntary best-practice code.

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Also see the CCC Report