Monthly Archives: November 2011

Peer review: the quality control of science

Could we scientists do a better job of reviewing manuscripts to catch papers with fabricated data or plagiarized text?  Is this the duty of peer-reviewers? Or should the journals be primarily responsible for discovering research misconduct? I know we are … Continue reading

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How come nobody saw it?

I refer here to Dr. Diederik Stapel, a Dutch social psychologist who admitted had published papers based on fabricated data for more than a decade. In hindsight it is easy to spot the problems:  obviously, data collection for the experiments … Continue reading

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Have your paper written and published for you for US$ 17,250

I knew most of us scientists are not found of writing. That’s why we are in science! It is so much more fun to do the experiments and analyze the data than draft a manuscript. So, if you don’t want … Continue reading

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House arrest for researcher found guilty of scientific misconduct

                                                              Photo / Donna Coveney Allegations of data falsification started 7 years ago ended up a few months ago not very well for Luk van Parijs, a former MIT researcher. He was by found guilty of data manipulation and sentenced … Continue reading

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