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High-profile Science paper on fish and plastics may earn notice of concern

from Retraction Watch

Science is considering adding an expression of concern (EOC) to a June paper that caught the media’s attention for showing how human pollution may be harming fish, following allegations of research misconduct. A group of researchers allege the paper — which suggested fish larvae are eating small particles of plastic rather than their natural prey — contains missing data and used a problematic methodology. After the researchers submitted a formal letter, Uppsala University in Sweden is now conducting an inquiry, the first step in determining whether to launch a formal investigation. more

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