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(China) Nearly 500 researchers guilty of misconduct, says Chinese gov’t investigation (Alison McCook | August 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on August 12, 2017
 

Four hundred eighty-six authors have been found guilty of misconduct by the Chinese government, the fall-out from a sweep of retractions by one journal earlier this year.

In April, Tumor Biology retracted 107 papers that had been accepted based on faked reviews. Since many of the authors were based in China, the country’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MST) launched an investigation. On Friday, the news outlet Xinhua reported the results of the government’s investigation:

“Of the 521 authors implicated, 11 were deemed innocent with 24 still under investigation. Among the remaining authors, 486 authors were found guilty of misconduct at various levels. A total of 102 were found to be mainly responsible, 70 secondarily responsible and 314 did not participate in fraud, said He Defang, a ministry official in charge of rule enforcement.

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The Guardian view on a Swedish scandal: the precedence of privacy – The Guardian (Editorial | August 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on August 10, 2017
 

Governments forget at their peril that they must nowadays guard their citizens’ data as carefully as they guard their physical safety

This Editorial isn’t about research, and so definitely isn’t about human research ethics, but it highlights perfectly the need to safeguard confidentiality and the consequences of failing to meet community expectations.

It’s hard to believe that a government could be threatened with collapse because of the way it dealt with driving licences. But that is what has been happening in Sweden in the last week, and the story shows just how vulnerable and delicate the integrity of personal identity is once everything about everyone is recorded in a database somewhere. The story started in the recesses of the bureaucratic state: the transport agency, a branch of the civil service which has to keep records of every car, boat and aeroplane in the country. Since some of these vehicles are military and some of the drivers are people whose identity the state protects with special zeal from criminals, either because they are witnesses or spies, there are rules that state this can only be seen and altered by Swedish citizens who have been cleared by the security services.
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In 2015, the incoming director general, Maria Ågren, discovered that this work was to be outsourced to IBM. That was part of a wider pattern which has seen both the left and right of Swedish politics privatise large parts of the old welfare state this century. The law said this couldn’t happen unless IBM’s data handlers had all had security clearance. Her own department told her that couldn’t be done in time. So she decided to ignore the law. IBM, in turn, had the work done in Serbia and elsewhere in eastern Europe. Complaints about security from within the organisation – and, later, from the security police – were ignored. The defence minister and the interior minister knew in the spring of last year but could not find the time to tell the prime minister until January this year, when Ms Ågren was quietly sacked and, later, fined. The government hoped that any potential scandal would disappear along with her.
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FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION v. OMICS GROUP INC (News: Federal Trade Commission | August 2016)0

Posted by Admin in on August 9, 2017
 

Copy of filing where the Federal Trade Commission is the plaintiff and the Omics group is the respondent. Action relates to alleged predatory publishing practices and seeking a punitive response.

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION v. OMICS GROUP INC., a Nevada corporation, also d/b/a OMICS Publishing Group, IMEDPUB LLC, a Delaware corporation, CONFERENCE SERIES LLC, a Delaware corporation, and SRINUBABU GEDELA,
https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/cases/160826omicscmpt.pdf

Dog of a dilemma: the rise of the predatory journal – MJA Insight (Hugo Wilcken | May 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on August 7, 2017
 

OLLIE is in many ways a typical dog. She likes going for walks and chasing birds, and is especially fond of having her tummy rubbed. But in one respect, the Staffordshire Terrier differs radically from her canine peers: she has a burgeoning academic career, and sits on the editorial boards of seven medical journals.

As you may have guessed, the journals on whose boards Ollie sits are of the predatory variety. These are shadowy, online publications that mimic legitimate journals, but are prepared to publish anything in exchange for a fee that can run into thousands of dollars. Predatory journals prey on desperate young researchers under huge pressure to get their research published to further their careers.

Ollie’s owner is Mike Daube, Professor of Health Policy at Curtin University in Perth. Ollie likes to watch Mike working on his computer, and Mike gets a lot of emails from predatory journals. Wondering just how low these journals would go, he put together a curriculum vitae for his dog – detailing research interests such as “the benefits of abdominal massage for medium-sized canines” – and sent it off to a number of these journals, asking for a spot on their editorial boards.

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