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In the December 2014 issue of Medical Writing, I reported that disgraced Iowa State University researcher Dong-Pyou Han was facing fraud charges for faking experiments on a new HIV vaccine.1 In spite of a guilty plea, on 1 July 2015 Dr Han was…
There are persistent concerns about the influence of the pharmaceutical and device industries on the medical literature, and particularly on the reporting of clinical trials, which can include the distortion of the true evidence base of medical…
The hijacking of peer review by authors who create false referee profiles in order to deliver favourable reviews of their own work has received prominent recent coverage in several leading journals. At the time of writing, over 300 articles had been…
The increased prevalence of healthcare-related social media and other web-based communications has generated interest in tools that measure the attention and engagement of published content. In the context of medical research publications, the use…
Retraction of research articles ruins careers, dents confidence in the scientific literature, and can have a profound impact on meta-analyses. Retraction rates have seen a big recent rise, as journals act increasingly quickly to remove articles that…
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