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Nov 22, 2020

Chris and Jonathan interview Dr. Ivan Oransky, the co-founder of Retraction Watch which tracks retractions of scientific papers. They discuss how papers get published, how they get retracted, and what a better system might look like.


1:29 How scientific papers get published

3:44 Journals are businesses with a bizarre business model

13:52 No more COVID-related retractions than expected

17:10 Science by press release in part to prevent insider trading

20:04 Jade amulets against COVID-19

26:33 Zombie papers

30:43 A dramatic increase in retractions but they are still rare

36:50 Why are mistakes caught after publication?

42:20 Going to science heaven



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1) The Retraction Watch website:

2) Retraction Watch on Twitter:

3) Ivan Oransky on Twitter:

4) The Retraction Watch newsletter:

5) Jonathan’s article on the jade amulet:

6) Retraction Watch’s original article on the jade amulet:

7) The jade amulet paper’s retraction notice:

8) The Surgisphere retractions: