19 papers of Chitra Mandal from CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology have duplicated images

Dr. Chitra Mandal, a SERB Distinguished Fellow at the CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata, has 19 papers listed on Pubpeer for image manipulation and/or duplication. She is the corresponding author in 17 papers. All the problematic images were double-checked by an independent expert. All the papers of Dr. Mandal that have been listed on … Continue reading 19 papers of Chitra Mandal from CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology have duplicated images

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Interview: Scientists found guilty will face suitable disciplinary action, says Shekhar Mande

The committee formed on June 3 has been given a defined time period, with a request to complete the investigations as speedily as possible, Dr. Shekhar C. Mande, Director-General of CSIR tells me. The committee has been asked to be objective, fair, and fiercely impartial in their investigations as a former CSIR-IITR director and the … Continue reading Interview: Scientists found guilty will face suitable disciplinary action, says Shekhar Mande

CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute has 33 papers with manipulated, duplicated images

Papers published with manipulated and duplicated images seem to be a problem not just with CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research. With 33 papers with similar problems, the CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute is only a few shades better than CSIR-IITR. The good news is that there are several scientists from CSIR-CDRI with no record on Pubpeer, … Continue reading CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute has 33 papers with manipulated, duplicated images

CSIR-IITR case is being investigated speedily: CSIR Director-General Shekhar Mande

CSIR Director-General Dr. Shekhar C Mande in response to a Facebook comment said that the CSIR-IITR case is “being investigated speedily”. His comment came after I posted the third article citing 24 additional papers (taking the total to 130) containing manipulated and/or duplicated images. Today, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) finally broke … Continue reading CSIR-IITR case is being investigated speedily: CSIR Director-General Shekhar Mande

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

Explainer: Why is China laying down gene editing rules?

Dr. He’s experiment violates the 2003 guidelines that prohibits the use of gene-manipulated embryos for reproductive purposes. China has posted the draft regulation requiring researchers to obtain prior approval from the government before undertaking clinical trials. It is now all set to introduce the gene-editing regulation. In a bid to make babies immune to infection … Continue reading Explainer: Why is China laying down gene editing rules?

33 more papers with manipulated, duplicated images from Indian Institute of Toxicology Research

With 33 more problematic papers spotted on Pubpeer today, the total number of papers containing manipulated and/or duplicated images now stands at 106. Has Indian Institute of Toxicology Research become a factory churning out papers with questionable images? If the images are questionable, will the results in such papers still be valid? There are 33 … Continue reading 33 more papers with manipulated, duplicated images from Indian Institute of Toxicology Research

With 73 problematic papers listed on Pubpeer, Indian Institute of Toxicology Research has a serious problem

Seventy-three papers published between 2004 and 2017 by scientists at the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (CSIR-IITR), Lucknow have serious problems with the images. Leading the pack with 40 problematic papers is Dr. Yogeshwer Shukla, a senior scientist at IITR. He says investigation is already under way at the institute. Publishing papers by plagiarising is on … Continue reading With 73 problematic papers listed on Pubpeer, Indian Institute of Toxicology Research has a serious problem

Retraction saga: IIT Dhanbad faculty learnt to reuse published images during their doctoral programme

Rashmi Madhuri and Prashant Sharma of IIT Dhanbad have 15 and 19 papers respectively listed on Pubpeer website. These papers have been published while they were doing their doctoral programme at different institutes. Like their two dozen retracted papers, these papers too have serious issues with published images being reused to represent different samples or … Continue reading Retraction saga: IIT Dhanbad faculty learnt to reuse published images during their doctoral programme

Two dozen papers by IIT Dhanbad faculty retracted so far, many more still under a cloud

Rashmi Madhuri and Prashant Sharma, Assistant Professors at IIT Dhanbad, have so far collected over 24 retractions. And many more papers with similar problem of image duplication have been listed on Pubpeer website. The investigation by the institute is still under way and will probably be completed by March-April 2019. Indian Institute of Technology (Indian … Continue reading Two dozen papers by IIT Dhanbad faculty retracted so far, many more still under a cloud