Also this week: mega-correction and co-author removal for Jonathan Pruitt, Alberta vs. its universities, and more. Also: Jeremy has a little victory.
I’ve linked to this before, but now that it’s in print I’ll link to it again: here’s a mega-correction and co-author removal for what is now Pruitt 2015 (formerly Pruitt & Pinter-Wollman 2015–co-author Noa Pinter-Wollman no longer stands behind the ms and asked to be removed as a co-author). Gotta say that, in my own professional judgment, I disagree with this correction and believe the paper should’ve been retracted. You can’t correct unexplained data anomalies by dropping them from the dataset and re-analyzing the remaining data, because the existence of the anomalies means you can’t be confident you know how the remaining data were generated. And if a co-author of the ms no longer has confidence in it, how can the editors or readers still have confidence in it? My own professional view is that no one should read, cite, or teach this paper. Fortunately, it doesn’t look like this paper did much damage during the time it was in the literature, save for the damage it and other #pruittdata papers did to the research programs of Noa Pinter-Wollman and other Pruitt collaborators and trainees.
In response to leadership from Am Nat, EcoLetts is updating its own data sharing policy to give it teeth. Oikos and the other Nordic Ecological Society journals are following suit.
Hard to have much confidence in Alberta’s higher education funding strategy after reading this.
Philosopher vs. the baseball rulebook. It took a while, but the philosopher won.
The greatest tv news report in history turned 50 years old this week. Happy birthday exploding whale! 🙂 I remember first learning of this incident many years ago from a Dave Barry column. [Half our readers: “Oh yeah, I remember Dave Barry! I miss him!” The other half of our readers: “Who?”]
And finally, this isn’t a link or anything. I’m just inordinately pleased with myself for using the Wayback Machine to find a couple of archived datasets I needed for a data compilation project I’m working on. I am totally including that fact in the Methods section of the paper. And I made a donation to the Internet Archive in celebration. 🙂