Another 24 papers with image manipulation, duplication from CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research

With 24 additional papers containing manipulated, duplicated images, the total number of problematic papers from CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research is 130. The huge number raises a serious issue for science journalists — how do we trust the claims made in papers published even in peer-reviewed journals? If Pubpeer.com website does not surprise me anymore, … Continue reading Another 24 papers with image manipulation, duplication from CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research

Finally, IISc team confirms breakthrough in superconductivity at room temperature

The revised article posted in arXiv on May 21 by IISc researchers led by Prof. Anshu Pandey strengthens the claim of achieving superconductivity at ambient temperature and pressure. About the identical noise in measurements made under different conditions, the researchers say it suggests a possible physical origin related to the sample as opposed to instrument … Continue reading Finally, IISc team confirms breakthrough in superconductivity at room temperature

Hyderabad-based OMICS fined $50 million for ‘unfair, deceptive business practices’

A court in the U.S. has slapped a $50 million fine on Hyderabad-based OMICS International, which publishes over 700 questionable scientific journals, many of which appear predatory, for “unfair and deceptive business practices”. The fine comes along with permanent injunctions against most of its activities that are highly objectionable. The company says it will go … Continue reading Hyderabad-based OMICS fined $50 million for ‘unfair, deceptive business practices’

Multidrug-resistant microbe repository to come up at NCCS

NCCS will soon start receiving  and preserving multidrug-resistant bacteria and fungi from across the country. A decision is yet to be taken on microbes resistant to which antibiotics should be accepted. Samples collected from across the country will reveal how MDR microbes spread and evolve with time. Soon, the Pune-based National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS) … Continue reading Multidrug-resistant microbe repository to come up at NCCS

Should science journalists stay away from preprints?

If science journalists can report results discussed at conferences, why should preprints be off-limit, especially if reported responsibly? While peer-reviewed papers published in reputable journals give journalists a degree of confidence in reporting, there have been instances when such papers have caused much harm. Peer-reviewing is not a magic bullet as the number of papers … Continue reading Should science journalists stay away from preprints?

It is easy for me to spot most image duplications: Elisabeth Bik

Dr. Elisabeth Bik has a remarkable natural ability to identify both image duplication and image manipulation through visual screening. She along with others recently found questionable image duplications in 10% of papers in a single journal, and 3.8% of papers in 40 journals in 2016. A few days ago she found an alarming 27 instances … Continue reading It is easy for me to spot most image duplications: Elisabeth Bik

IIT Dhanbad retraction saga: ‘Investigation will be completed shortly’

IIT Dhanbad has already initiated an investigation into unethical practices by Dr. Rashmi Madhuri and Dr. Prashant Sharma. The investigation will be completed shortly and the board will take a decision depending on the extent of guilt, says the Director. Fourteen papers published in reputable international journals by Rashmi Madhuri and Prashant Sharma from the … Continue reading IIT Dhanbad retraction saga: ‘Investigation will be completed shortly’

UGC removes 4,305 journals from White list, including the Lancet Public Health

Following widespread criticism, the UGC has removed 4,305 journals that are either predatory or low quality. Another 191 journals are under scrutiny. Unwittingly, even the Lancet Public Health journal has been axed. Many journals published for a long time by societies have been removed as well. In a major crackdown, the University Grants Commission (UGC) … Continue reading UGC removes 4,305 journals from White list, including the Lancet Public Health

897 predatory journals identified in UGC’s white list

Only 112 of the 1,009 randomly chosen university-recommended journals included in the UGC white list were found to be standard.  The remaining 897 journals were found to dubious or predatory. About 350 (34.5%) journals examined either did not provide verifiable postal address or email address of the chief editor and editors, the basic criterion to be included in … Continue reading 897 predatory journals identified in UGC’s white list

OMICS to translate all Open Access journal papers to Indian languages

The Hyderabad-based "predatory journal" publisher OMICS International's venture to translate papers to a few Indian languages will not be restricted to OMICS and Pulsus Group of journals it owns. Plan is to translate all Open Access papers to Tamil, Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Telugu and Malayalam. Less than a month after Srinubabu Gedela, CEO of the … Continue reading OMICS to translate all Open Access journal papers to Indian languages