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Researcher threatens to seek out and sue anonymous peer reviewers

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g5972 (Published 01 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5972
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1Montreal

A scientist who claims to have lost a job offer because of online comments on the website PubPeer questioning his research has threatened, through his lawyer, to sue the anonymous commentators and may subpoena the website to discover their identities, his lawyer has said.

Fazlul Sarkar, a cancer researcher at Wayne State University in Detroit, said that an offer of a tenured position at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, paying $350 000 (£215 000; €275 000) a year, was withdrawn at the last moment and that a letter informing him of the decision specifically mentioned the concerns raised on PubPeer, a website that calls itself “the online journal …

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