Springer withdraws 16 gibberish publications

Luckily, none of them were mine: The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer-generated nonsense. Over the past two years, computer scientist Cyril LabbĂ© of Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France, has catalogued computer-generated papers that made it…

Making my code public

My New Year’s resolution for 2014 is to publicly post all of my Stata code for my projects. Why? This will force me to be more careful with my code, even though I am already somewhat anal when it comes to my code.

Replication of research: more bad news

The amount of evidence demonstrating that most published empirical studies are crap seems to be increasing. See, for example, this article from the Economist. This is a great piece on how a student debunked a psychology study by some big guns in his field. Title: Nick Brown Smelled Bull. Funny, I smell that a lot…