Friday links: philosopher vs. baseball, following Am Nat’s lead on data sharing, and more

Also this week: mega-correction and co-author removal for Jonathan Pruitt, Alberta vs. its universities, and more. Also: Jeremy has a little victory.

From Jeremy:

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 Gotta say that, in my own professional judgment, I disagree with this correction and believe the paper should’ve been retracted.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. 🙂

5 thoughts on “Friday links: philosopher vs. baseball, following Am Nat’s lead on data sharing, and more

    • I think “wake up” is a little strong. ESA journals have been publishing Data Papers for years. Data Papers reward people who compile & share data with a citable publication. Inventing a whole new category of paper in an attempt to encourage data sharing isn’t something a journal does if it’s totally asleep to the benefits of data sharing!

      It is true that ESA merely strongly encourages data sharing for other sorts of papers, rather than requiring it. In this, I don’t know that they’re too different from how most other ecology journals were until very recently. Am Nat for instance has been requiring data sharing for years, but hasn’t had effective enforcement mechanisms. An unenforced requirement is basically equivalent to strong encouragement, I think. Am Nat only announced their policy change a week or two ago, and EcoLetts and the Nordic Ecological Society only announced they’d be following suit a day or two ago! So unless ESA has just announced that they *won’t* be changing their data sharing policy (have they done so?), maybe give them a little time before criticizing them for being asleep on this issue.

      • Maybe ESA doesn’t have teeth, but I think that publishing the data is the expectation. The last paper I submitted to Ecol Apps had a place for adding the link to the database, and I got a letter from the editorial office following up to ensure that it would be open access (the database paper was under review at that point, so I didn’t have a doi to post yet).

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