N – Director and students in journal row

The director of the German Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics has claimed that the journal Human Brain Mapping acted incorrectly when it published data taken without permission by research students, Nature reports (2008;454:6-7). He says that the students’ interpretation is incorrect, that the paper could mislead the field, and that the journal has denied him a right to reply. The students told Nature, “We are confident, and rigorous peer review agreed, that the data are appropriate. . . We stand by the conclusions we made in our paper.”