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Dutch psychology fraudster issues first retraction

Diederik Stapel, the Dutch social psychologist who admitted to faking data in numerous published papers, has retracted a 2011 study published in the journal Science, which concluded that disorderly environments encourage stereotyping. It is the first of what are likely to add up to dozens of retractions.

Mis-paste: it’s the new typo

Scientists: when checking your research papers for errors before publication, be sure to check the images too! Everyone knows to watch for misprints and errors in typed data, but the same trap (a “mis-paste”?) can befall figures, leading to embarrassing duplications.

A correction for one such mis-paste appeared in the journal Cell Research this week, after an eagle-eyed blogger spotted identical images in a high-profile study (L. Zhang et al, Cell Research, doi:10.1038/cr.2011.158; 2011) that got plenty of media attention when it was first published two months ago.

A Canadian rescue for The Scientist?

A Canadian rescue for The Scientist?

The Scientist may not be hanging up its lab coat just yet. Just one week after announcing it was shutting down, the possibility of new ownership has revived hopes that the quarter century-old publication which caters to life scientists will continue on with its editorial team intact.

The Scientist shutters after 25 years

The Scientist shutters after 25 years

The Scientist has folded. Staffers were brought into an all-hands-on-deck meeting at its offices in New York Thursday morning. There, publisher Jane Hunter and director Andrew Crompton announced that due to economic troubles, there would be no November issue, and no additions to the website save for an announcement of the magazine’s closure some time next week.

The magazine leaves behind a legacy of ambitious, highly-technical life science writing, innovative approaches to publishing and a litany of talented editors, writers and business people, many of whom cut their teeth at the hardscrabble publication.

Postdoc Leapfrog

Postdoc Leapfrog

For most fledgling scientists, the long path to principal investigator-hood includes years of toiling as a postdoc. But the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today that ten young biomedical scientists will skip that step in their careers, thanks to its new Early Independence Award programme.  Read more