Retractions, Post-Publication Peer Review, and Fraud: Scientific Publishing’s Wild West


Location: New Residence Hall

Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus founded Retraction Watch in 2010. Unbeknownst to them, retractions had grown ten-fold in the previous decade. Oransky will discuss the reasons for that increase, whether fraud is on the rise, the growth of post-publication peer review, and other trends he and Marcus have seen as they've built a site that is now viewed by 150,000 people per month, and funded by philanthropies including the MacArthur Foundation.



Ivan Oransky, MD, is the vice president and global editorial director of MedPage Today, co-founder of the MacArthur Foundation- and Arnold Foundation-funded Retraction Watch, and Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University's Arthur Carter Journalism Institute. He previously was executive editor of Reuters Health and held editorial positions at Scientific American and The Scientist. He is the recipient of the 2015 John P. McGovern Award for excellence in biomedical communication from the American Medical Writers Association.

He and Adam Marcus founded Retraction Watch in 2010. The site, now viewed by 150,000 people per month, has chronicled the continuing rise in scientific retractions, and has been cited often in the scientific literature as a source for a better understanding of the true reasons for retraction. The pair now have a weekly column in STAT, a Boston Globe Media publication, called The Watchdogs.

Oransky has written for numerous other publications, including Nature, The New Republic, and The New York Times. He is also a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the New York University School of Medicine, and serves on the board of directors and as vice president of the Association of Health Care Journalists.


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