Monthly Archives: October 2012


Fixing the Fraud: Q&A with Dr Ginny Barbour

Posted 29 October 2012 by Pete Etchells

Leading up to our session on academic misconduct and fraud at SpotOn London, Sifting the Evidence and Counterbalanced are hosting guest posts from session panel members. Today is the turn of Dr Ginny Barbour. Ginny has worked as both a doctor and scientist, before becoming an editor. She joined the Public Library of Science in 2004 and was one of the three founding editors of PLoS Medicine. She became Chair of COPE in March 2012.    Can you tell us... Read more

Fixing the Fraud: Special Announcement

Posted 16 October 2012 by Pete Etchells

  Exciting news! Next month, at SpotOn London, fellow blogger and scientist Suzi Gage and I are co-ordinating a discussion session on academic misconduct. There's been tons of stuff in the news about this recently, and we feel that now is the time to actually start doing something about it. Over the next month, Counterbalanced and Sifting the Evidence will be hosting guest posts from some of our session panellists, as well as insight, analysis and links from around the... Read more

Sigman’s cherry-picking problem

Posted 9 October 2012 by Pete Etchells

Aric Sigman is back in the news today, with a number of media outlets picking up that he has written a review for the Archives of Disease in Childhood on the need to set limits on the amount of time children spend watching TV and playing video games. This is a clearly a hugely important issue - as I've noted before, there is a good deal of evidence to suggest that hours spent watching television are correlated with negative health... Read more

Hey science, what’s going on?

Posted 2 October 2012 by Pete Etchells

To many, retracted science papers are an unfortunate part of the process. With the best intent, we are told, scientists are only human, and will inevitably make mistakes. And it's a good thing that retractions exist - it shows honesty and integrity in the system; that scientists are willing to admit to their mistakes, and correct them for the common good. Or so we've been led to believe. As Carl Zimmer notes in a recent New York Times piece, Nature... Read more