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How reliable is that science paper?

A few scientists are open to bribery and influence, but science journals and the peer review process have long been held up to be robust examples of the scientific method. A new report throws up some doubts.

Newly discovered species being targeted by poachers

Poachers are targeting newly discovered species of value by reviewing reported findings made to scientific journals. In response, many journals are removing location details from papers.

How many Bob Dylan lyrics in science papers?

Many scientists, it seems, are Bob Dylan fans. Since 1970 the singer-songwriter's lyrics have been cropping up in exact or paraphrased form. To date, 727 papers have been tracked as featuring the bard's verse.

Scientific fraud as articles pulled from leading journal

Leading British science journal BioMed Central has retracted 43 papers it had been investigating for evidence of faked peer review. Each of the papers was written by scientists and medics based in China.

Bob Dylan's lyrics crop up in published science papers

Freewheelin' Swedish scientists have been sneaking Bob Dylan lyrics into published science papers over several years. These "Jokermen" comprise of five academics, who place the lyrics in their research to amuse each other.

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