How many image duplications in a paper would be acceptable? If the paper has two identical photos that represent different experiments, and the authors’ reply is: ‘Oops, we uploaded the wrong photo’, that would be acceptable. Mistakes happen, and the authors can correct the error by sending in an erratum with the correct photo(s). But should editors be equally forgiving in the case of two cases of “Oops, we made a mistake”, or other, more complicated scenarios?Continue reading “Oops!… I Did It Again. When to correct or retract?”
Month: January 2020
Types of image duplications: the palm trees
In a previous post, I went over the three types of image duplications that can be found in biomedical papers. Those types of duplications, however, might be hard to understand for people who are not familiar with scientific photos of western blots or biological tissues.
In this post, I want to give some simple, non-scientific examples, to better explain which types of duplications I am looking for in published papers.Continue reading “Types of image duplications: the palm trees”
Gasping for air: 18 papers from Sichuan University and UCSF
This blog post is not an accusation of misconduct, and reflects my personal opinion.
Happy New Year! I started 2020 by scanning a set of papers from researchers at the Department of Pediatrics, West China Second University Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, with a connection to the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF). These researchers use a pretty cruel baby rat model to investigate the effect of oxygen deprivation on the developing brain. I found that one out of five papers from this group appears to have image problems.Continue reading “Gasping for air: 18 papers from Sichuan University and UCSF”