As a follow-up to the discussion on women and power (following up from "sexual harassment"), the website "Retraction Warch" has a discussion about a controversy created by the journal "Nature, Ecology and Evolution." The Journal published a list of responses to a list of "essential reading" from a previous issue. One of the responses complained that the list was heavily biased in favor of white male authors. Before printing that response, the journal's editors asked its authors to remove a footnote citing an article from the journal Science concerning sexual harassment by a noted researcher in Antartica. The editors noted in their letter that their journal, unlike Science, was published in the U.K. which has different laws concerning slander.
Noting that the request was to remove a citation to an article that had been published elsewhere, Retraction Watch is asking its readers whether legal concerns "should" prevent journals from publishing citations to legitimate articles. (Clearly these concerns are in fact inhibiting some publications in the UK). One respondent noted that the request was for removal of a citation that had been included in a letter to the editor, not a citation included in a peer-reviewed article.
A summary of some of the other topics pursued by Retraction Watch in 2017 can be found at