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Retraction should be just the first step

Posted by marmello77 on 04 Mar 2016 at 10:29 GMT

As a scientist who himself published two papers in PLoS One some years ago, mainly because of its innovative open access, pre- and post-publication peer review policy, I think the editorial board should ensure the community that the pre-publication peer review process is really taken seriously in this journal. In addition to the "Intelligent Design" conclusion that made this paper a joke, there are several other technical issues that have been pointed out by different colleagues in this comment section. How did this paper slip peer review and editorial assessment? Ok, PLoS One does not judge a study based on its scope and potential impact, but it commits to publishing sound scientific papers. After this and other incidents, how can we, authors and readers, be sure of that?

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