Academics are notorious for petty infighting and cutthroat competition. But not always. When the journal Scientific Reports refused to retract a 2016 article that appeared to plagiarize the work of Michael Beer, a biologist at Johns Hopkins, Beer’s colleagues rallied to his defense. A group of nearly 20 members of the journal’s editorial board — most but not all from Hopkins — resigned in protest in recent weeks, calling the decision “a very poor example” of publishing ethics. The journal’s editor, Richard White, maintains that a correction to the offending paper was enough. That didn’t sit well with Ted Dawson, a Hopkins neuroscientist who jumped off the editorial board: “If you are caught plagiarizing someone else’s work in Scientific Reports, all you need to do is apologize” and publish a correction, Dawson said. But stay tuned: The journal now says it will convene a “senior editorial committee” to review the allegations.