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Did the author of a now-retracted article bribe a critic to silence him? – Retraction Watch (Megan Scudellari | September 2017)

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Did the author of a now-retracted article bribe a critic to silence him? – Retraction Watch (Megan Scudellari | September 2017)

 


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Authors react in a variety of ways to criticism of their work. Some stonewall, some grit their teeth but make corrections, and others thank their critics. But what about bribery?

After an economist alerted a journal and government agency to potential problems with a 2015 paper, he says the first author tried to bribe him to withdraw his accusations.

The article has since been retracted by the Editor-in-Chief of Scientometrics, citing an investigation that uncovered “severe insufficiencies” including the use of sources and materials “without attribution.”

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