Adam Marcus, STAT

Adam Marcus


Montclair, NJ, United States

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Recent articles by Adam:

Image manipulation in science is suddenly in the news. But these cases are hardly rare

The allegations involving the Stanford president and other recent cases herald a public arrival for the awareness of image manipulation as a serious problem in science. → Read More

Fining one 'predatory' publisher won't end bad science in journals

Don’t expect the fundamental problems in science publishing to go away without an effort to address their root causes: mainly the publish-or-perish culture. → Read More

Amid ethics outcry, should journals publish 'CRISPR babies' paper?

Given the maelstrom surrounding He Jiankui’s claims, should any journals even consider papers from him? And if they do, what should they keep in mind? → Read More

To catch misconduct, journals are hiring research integrity czars

"There was a lack of awareness of the scale of the problems" in scientific publications, said the new head of ethics for a publisher of more than 250 academic journals. → Read More

Harvard and the Brigham call for more than 30 retractions of cardiac stem cell research

Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have recommended that 31 papers from a former lab director be retracted from medical journals. → Read More

Turmoil erupts over expulsion of member from leading evidence-based medicine group

One of the medical world’s most respected expert bodies is in turmoil as its annual meeting gets underway after its governing board voted to expel a member. → Read More

Why do medical journals keep taking authors at their word?

The revelation that a top Memorial Sloan Kettering official failed to disclose lucrative financial conflicts shows it's time for journals to do more. → Read More

Prominent health policy researcher resigns from Dartmouth over plagiarism dispute

Dr. H. Gilbert Welch has resigned from his faculty position at Dartmouth College after an investigation concluded that he had committed research misconduct. → Read More

Artificial hip maker demands retraction of a paper faulting its research-

The maker of an artificial hip, which has been taken off the market, demanded the retraction of an article that harshly criticized a study of the device. → Read More

Trump administration is shutting down practice-guidelines clearinghouse for doctors

"Killing these resources to save a few hundred thousand dollars per year is a penny-wise, pound-foolish decision, and your health and mine will be poorer for it," said a critic of the decision to shut down the government guidelines repository. → Read More

Surgical device firm demands the retraction of a study paid for by its rival

Hologic said it "strongly disputes" Minerva's assertions about biased patient selection, and the company's CFO said the new data would help his sales force “be much more competitive in the marketplace.” → Read More

Authors of premier medical textbook didn't disclose millions from industry

Authors for Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine received more than $11 million between 2009 and 2013 from makers of drugs and medical devices — not a penny of which was disclosed to readers. → Read More

Online forums give investors an early warning of shady scientific findings

If companies and their investors aren’t tracking peer review sites, they may be the last to know when industry-funded research is called into question. → Read More

Peer review is a black box. Let's open it up

A new paper argues that journal publishers should become much more transparent about their peer review practices. → Read More

How a Civil War-era law is being used to punish scientific fraudsters

The False Claims Act is being used for a new purpose: putting universities on the hook for grant money that went to researchers found guilty of fraud. → Read More

Chinese courts call for death penalty for researchers who commit fraud

China has announced two new crackdowns on research misconduct — one of which could lead to executions for scientists who doctor their data. → Read More

New science data-sharing rules are two scoops of disappointment

The rules fail to make data sharing mandatory for papers to be published, which raises the prospect that some authors might decide to ignore the hint. → Read More

A shrimp study's jumbo error — and what other researchers can learn

A flaw in a young researcher's project wasn't the study's death knell, thanks to his willingness to own the embarrassing mistake and make it right. → Read More

This company admitted failure — and the stock market rewarded it

When scientists working for Swedish biotech firm WntResearch spotted errors in their paper they retracted it — and offered investors their money back, too. → Read More

Questionable lab supplies scupper too many research findings

From mislabeled antibodies to watered-down catalysts, problems with lab supplies have wasted labs’ resources and scuppered their research findings. → Read More