Ghost Writer or Phantom Author?


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Researcher baffled after his results appear in bogus paper.
‘Ghost writing is taking on an altogether different meaning in a mysterious case of alleged scientific fraud. The authors of a paper published in July (A. Vezyraki et al. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun.; 2013), which reported significant findings in obesity research, seem to be phantoms. They are not only unknown at the institution listed on the paper, but no trace of them as researchers can be found.

‘The paper, published in the Elsevier journal Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (BBRC), is not the kind of prank that journals have encountered before, in which hoaxsters have submitted dummy papers to highlight weaknesses in the peer-review process. The paper’s reported findings – that overexpression of two novel proteins in fat cells leads to improvements in metabolic processes related to diabetes and obesity in mice – are, in fact, true…’
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The author who won’t teach ‘books by women’
‘The online literary world is abuzz today with the naming of this year’s MacArthur “genius” Fellows, but even on a day of writerly cheer, there’s a bitter bookish argument to be had in the Internet’s gutters. This time, it’s about some comments made by award-winning novelist and University of Toronto professor David Gilmour in a feature on publishing website Hazlitt, an extension of Random House of Canada.

‘Gilmour was the subject of a column called “Shelf Esteem,” which is a “weekly measure of the books on the shelves of writers, editors, and other word lovers, as told to Emily M. Keeler.” Keeler herself was understandably taken aback by what he said when she remarked that his academic office had only two books by women in it…’

Recommended Book: ‘Necessary Errors’
‘We concluded our second month of the MashableReads social book club this week with The Sound of Things Falling. Next up on our list is Necessary Errors by Caleb Crain.

‘Necessary Errors is a coming-of-age story of a 20-something gay Harvard graduate named Jacob who moves to Prague one year after the Velvet Revolution. As he searches for the remaining post-revolution spirit, he falls in with a group of expatriates who are on various journeys of self-discovery. This novel ultimately deals with the expectations of personal growth one anticipates after making life-changing decisions – and how one deals with uncertainty in an ever-changing world…’

Essay Starter App Helps Writers Add Footnotes
‘Sometimes it is easier to write when starting with research. Essay Starter is a new $.99 app from Ashton East that is designed to help writers start essays based on research and then wrap footnotes around these references.

‘Using the app, writers can upload research documents as PDF files. These PDF files are readable and can be highlighted within the app. Writers can create a new worksheet to make notes on their research and then write their essays around these notes. When a user writes something based on the research, the app will automatically find the reference information and will give the user the option to add footnotes. There is an option to add additional bibliographical information to footnotes…’

About DigitalPlato

Poch is a Bookrix author and a freelance writer. He is a frequent contributor to TED Conversations.
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