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How hard was it to actually retract your articles?

When you went to Science and PLOS ONE to request a retraction, how supportive were they of your desire? And should the process have gone any differently in either case?

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The editors at Science and PlosOne were very professional, supportive and helpful. I was very impressed at how both journals handled it. So the retraction itself was easy and went smoothly. The difficult part was the 18 months of repeating experiments to try to sort out where we had made mistakes.

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- on correcting the scientific record

Who: Pamela Ronald is a Professor at the Department of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center at the University of California, Davis. She also serves as Director of Grass Genetics at the Joint Bioenergy Institute.

Drs. Ofir Bahar, Rory Pruitt, Benjamin Schwessinger, and Arsalan Daudi are all present or former postdoctoral fellows in Prof. Ronald’s lab.

What: Prof. Ronald’s lab studies how plants respond to disease, and how plants can defend themselves against invading microbes. Last year, the group retracted its PLOS ONE and Science papers after finding that a bacterial strain they had been using was contaminated and a bioassay they had relied on was flawed. They investigated into what went wrong, and published new results in PeerJ last month to correct the scientific record.

Prof. Ronald, Dr. Bahar, Dr. Pruitt, Dr. Schwessinger, and Dr. Daudi will be answering your questions live, regarding their article and their retraction experience, or any other topic of relevance to plant-microbe interactions.

Plant interactions with microbes are important in the context of plant health and global food security, and of course maintaining the integrity of the scientific record is of paramount importance. So take this opportunity to get all your questions answered by five experts in the field who have been through the process of correcting their work!

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When: February 18, 2014 09:00 am PST

Where: Ask me anything - on correcting the scientific record