Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PLOS crumbles in the face of criticism, retracts post by journalists defending FOIA

From Retraction Watch:

Community blog PLOS Biologue has pulled a post by journalists Charles Seife and Paul Thacker that argued in favor of public scrutiny of scientists’ behavior (including emails), following heavy criticism, including from a group and scientist mentioned in the post.

Their reasoning: The post was “not consistent with at least the spirit and intent of our community guidelines.”

Weirdly, PLOS deleted the post but not the criticism of the post. And it has still not explained why it deleted a post that it had reviewed and vetted in advance.

You can read about the controversy at Retraction Watch.

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