Bad Memory? Repressed sexual abuse memory paper retracted for data inconsistencies

Ok, this is one of the reasons why I’m a strict supporter of a radical open data policy. In my opinion the raw, unaltered data a paper is based must be made public upon publication (In order to ensure transparency). If one author refuses to communicate the raw data even with co authors that smell very very fishy………

Retraction Watch

memoryThe journal Memory has retracted a paper on repressed sexual abuse after a protracted dispute between the authors and an institutional investigation in The Netherlands that led to no findings of misconduct against the first author, Elke Geraerts  — a rising star in the field of social psychology. (The title of hers TEDx talk, by the way, is “Resilience as a key to success.”)

The article, titled “Linking thought suppression and recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse,” was published in 2008 and has been cited 10 times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge. Here’s the retraction notice:

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Chris Anderson on what makes a great talk … great

talking to other human beings has the potential to change people for ever. This was an inspiring TED talk. Its such an important skill to communicate your ideas.

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It’s an alchemic question that’s very hard for us to answer: what makes a great TED talk?

In this talk, which was given to a gathering of 100+ TEDx organizers from 43 countries during the TEDx Workshop at TEDGlobal 2013, our curator Chris Anderson stresses the incredible power of a well-structured, honest talk.

“We’re giving someone a new worldview that, 30 years later, might make them think differently, might make them act differently,” says Anderson in this video. “Sometimes I think a TED Talk is like playing Tetris with the brain. All these ideas are coming in and you’re trying to fit them in and slot them so that they are received.”

Watch the talk above to hear what Anderson considers the key to a good talk — taking the audience on a journey. In it, he shares his advice on how to do so authentically, without forcing it.


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JCI paper retracted for duplicated panels after authors can’t provide original data

This is an important question! In my opinion data must be published (a matter of transparency and getting the maximum out of data) and archived forever using one of the services available e.g I posted this question on Research Gate as well. Lets see what comes out of this!

thank you for this great question. I think today there is no excuse any more to “loose” or delete data.

Retraction Watch

jciSo how long do researchers have to keep records of experiments?

We had that question while reading the retraction notice for a 2007 paper in the Journal of Clinical Investigation:

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“Administrative error on the part of the author” that led to duplicated text prompts retraction

That is one of these cases where you “just” copy and paste yourself. If you have formulated an idea I a way that can not be further improved just put ” ” around it cite it and life with the consequences.

Retraction Watch

techforcchangeWhen you think of an administrative error, what comes to mind? Failure to tell an employee that the reason he didn’t receive a paycheck in July was because he was fired in June? Putting the wrong address on your business cards?

You’d probably have to go pretty far down the list before you reached something like this: “I used text from one of my previously published articles in a second paper.” And yet …

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Oh, the irony: Business ethics journal paper retracted for plagiarism

The perfect place to hide something like that. “kudos” the irony made me giggle a bit….

Retraction Watch

jabeIs this the new business ethics?

In January, we reported on a paper retracted from the Journal of Business Ethics for duplication. That earned the author a five-year publishing ban. This week, we learned of a case of plagiarism in another journal in the field, the Journal of Academic and Business Ethics. Here’s an email editor Russell Baker — no, not that Russell Baker — sent to his contact list on Wednesday:

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“Major error” forces retraction of ghrelin study

N=110 the effect must be extremely small to be not reliably detected…I think they had some major flaw in their behavioral set-up whatever that might have been. But at least they recognized it and did the right thing!

Retraction Watch

Try as we may, we can’t cover every retraction in real time. But on the principle that late is better than later, here’s one from 2012 that we’ve been meaning to get to.

neuroreportThe journal NeuroReport has retracted a 2011 article by a group of researchers who evidently discovered a fatal flaw in one of their figures.

The article, “Ghrelin prevents neuronal apoptosis and cognitive impairments in sepsis-associated encephalopathy,” by a team of intensivists from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, purported to find that ghrelin, which stimulates appetite, appeared to have something of a protective effect against the ravages of sepsis in rat brains. It has been cited three times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge, including once by the retraction.

As the abstract stated:

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