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Two new stories in Retraction Watch

Posted on by Brendan Borrell

Crime journal's meteoric rise due to questionable self-citation (September 22)

Should it be a crime for editors to cite work in their own journal?

Last year, the Journal of Criminal Justice became the top-ranked journal in the field of criminology, but critics say that its meteoric rise is due in part to the editor’s penchant for self-citation.

 

NSF Investigation of high-profile plant retractions (September 2)

A nearly ten-year-long series of investigations into a pair of plant physiologists who received millions in funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation has resulted in debarments of less than two years for each of the researchers.

The NSF Office of Inspector General recently posted its close-out report on its decision and a review of the University’s investigation, which had recommended a total of eight retractions or corrections. Although the investigator’s names have been redacted, the text of retractions and corrections quoted in the report corresponds to papers by Jorge Vivanco and his then-postdoc Harsh Bais at Colorado State University.