More of a Comment Than a Question


November 22, 2020 Season 1 Episode 16
More of a Comment Than a Question
Show Notes

This week, we discuss the recent controversy surrounding a Nature Communications paper that looks at informal mentorship,  the gender of mentee/mentors, and subsequent scientific impact of the mentees. There has a been a call from the Twitter science community for the retraction of the paper.

Edit: Smriti mentions that someone had tweeted and asked people to email the first author, but it was actually the EIC of Nature Comm:

AlShebli, B., Makovi, K. & Rahwan, T.  (2020). The association between early career informal mentorship in academic collaborations and junior author performance. Nat Commun 11, 5855.

Reviewer Comments:

Some relevant twitter threads:

Open letter to Nature Comm editor-in-chief:

Ali G (Borat) at Cambridge University: