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The retraction files: Blowing the whistle on suspect science

by  /  31 August 2023

Mistakes happen in scientific research. Sometimes those errors involve unethical behavior or are so severe that they undermine confidence in a study’s results, requiring a published paper to be yanked from the scientific literature. In this collection of articles from the past year, we highlight some of the blunders that have led to the retractions of a string of neuroscience papers.

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Co-director of closed psychotherapy clinic retires amid retractions

by  /  23 August 2023

A dozen papers have been retracted so far, and six more are planned.

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‘Troublesome pattern’: More papers from heads of shuttered clinic under investigation

by  /  28 July 2023

A total of 17 studies have already been retracted or are slated for retraction over issues with participant consent.

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Exclusive: Investigation prompts retraction of 17 studies from now-shuttered clinic

by  /  14 July 2023

The University of Maryland found the papers included some data without participant consent.

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Exclusive: Shake-up at top psychiatric institute following suicide in clinical trial

by  /  31 July 2023

The New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York City is undergoing an audit and a change in leadership following a suicide that occurred during one of its clinical trials.

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Controversial ‘cost of autism’ paper retracted

by  /  13 June 2023

The journal’s decision comes two years after Spectrum covered backlash from researchers over the study.

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Retraction, She Wrote: Dorothy Bishop’s life after research

by  /  12 June 2023

A renowned researcher’s eye for detail has given her a second career and a new following.

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Neuroscience journal retracts 13 papers at once

by  /  22 May 2023

The papers were flagged by a method that has now been called into question.

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Flawed protocol for levodopa clinical trial brings retractions

by  /  9 May 2023

The retracted studies mar hope for the drug’s use in depression.

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Prolific autism researcher has two dozen papers retracted

by  /  2 February 2023

Elsevier’s retractions focus on peer review and conflicts of interest.