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PubPeer co-founder reveals identity—and new plans

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Science  04 Sep 2015:
Vol. 349, Issue 6252, pp. 1036
DOI: 10.1126/science.349.6252.1036

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After 3 years in the shadows, the anonymous co-founder of a popular and controversial website that allows users to critique published research has revealed himself. Brandon Stell, a 41-year-old neuroscientist who works in Paris, announced that he launched PubPeer, which has become an influential outlet for identifying flawed—and sometimes fraudulent—studies. The site's practice of allowing anonymous postings has also drawn criticism—and a lawsuit—from researchers who say they've been maligned by anonymous comments posted there. Stell and several friends are starting The PubPeer Foundation to encourage and support postpublication peer review, improve PubPeer's transparency, and enhance the site.