The Retraction Watch Blog – why those of us who love science are digging this new blog.

Here’s the skinny.  The mission of the Center for Scientific Integrity, the parent organization of Retraction Watch, is to promote transparency and integrity in science and scientific publishing, and to disseminate best practices and increase efficiency in science.

The goals of the Center fall under four broad areas:

  • A database of retractions, expressions of concern and related publishing events, generated by the work of Retraction Watch. The database will be freely available to scientists, scholars and anyone else interested in analyzing the information.
  • Long-form, larger-impact writing, including magazine-length articles, reports and books.
  • Scholarship on scientific integrity and incentives in science.
  • Aid and assistance to groups and individuals whose interests in transparency and accountability intersect with ours, and who could benefit from shared expertise and resources.

The Center, which is a not-for-profit New York State corporation, has applied for 501(c)3 non-profit status. Its work is funded by a generous grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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Ixel Balamke

Ixel Balamke was one of the two founding members of Sekhet-Bast-Ra in Oklahoma City. Currently living in the Twin Cities, she is currently the LBM of Leaping Laughter Lodge. She also is a Meanad and lover of fine wines. Her life long partner Hunahpu and she are well known for their Wine Tastings at NOTOCON. Together they have a small wine cellar that currently holds over 300 bottles.

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