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The Rebuttal Role

Researchers from the University of Washington led by Jeannette Banobi looked into how seven original Science or Nature articles and their rebuttal articles were cited by subsequent papers. As they report in Ecosphere, Banobi and her team found that the original articles were cited 17 more times than the rebuttals, and when the rebuttal article was not included, 95 percent of citing researchers took the original article at face value. "Why is this happening?" asks Bonnie Swoger at her blog, the Undergraduate Science Librarian. She wonders whether researchers actually read the articles they cite or even find all the relevant literature. Banobi and her colleagues say that changes need to be made to "current publishing models to ensure that rebuttals are prominently linked to original articles." However, Swoger adds that "a lack of such system tools does not absolve the authors of their responsibility to find relevant earlier work."

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.