Irish-funded scientist under investigation over his research

Posted in Legal issues on August 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A Scottish-based scientist who was awarded grants worth almost €500,000 from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is under investigation amid allegations that he falsified and duplicated research into new treatments for cystic fibrosis …” (more)

[Peter Geoghegan, Irish Times, 29 August]

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Misconduct in science

Posted in Legal issues, Research on June 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Prof William Reville’s column on fraudulent science, which notes that an increasing number of researchers have been found to falsify data to increase the likelihood of publication, is very telling regarding how the current academic scientific system works (‘Fraud is now the biggest enemy of science’, June 2nd) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 9 June]

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Misconduct in science

Posted in Research on June 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I write in reply to the letters from Rev Patrick G Burke and Dr Cormac O’Raifeartaigh (June 4th) regarding my science column on misconduct in science (‘Fraud is now the biggest enemy of science’, June 2nd). First, let me reassure Rev Burke that science continues to make great progress, despite the problem of misconduct …” (more)

[William Reville, Irish Times, 7 June]


Science, fraud and bias

Posted in Legal issues, Research on June 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – William Reville’s ‘Fraud is now the biggest enemy of science’, outlining the problem of researchers falsifying data to increase their chances of being published, made for sobering reading (Science, June 3rd) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 4 June]


Fraud is now the biggest enemy of science

Posted in Legal issues, Research on June 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The recent announcement (April 27th 2016) by Julianna LeMieux in the American Council on Science and Health bulletin caught my eye: ‘Full of shite: why a fecal transplant paper was retracted’. The paper was retracted because it contained fraudulent data …” (more)

[William Reville, Irish Times, 2 June]

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Secret dossier on research fraud suggests government concern over science

Posted in Legal issues on December 3rd, 2015 by steve

UK“A secret dossier that warns that fraud in biomedical research is even more prolific than feared is being considered by Jo Johnson, the universities and sciences minister, documents passed to Times Higher Education appear to show …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 3 December]

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When research is sloppy or downright dishonest

Posted in Research on October 14th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Scientists’ careers are increasingly dependent on how often they publish research. But the ‘publish or perish’ metric has its problems, and can lead to shady practices …” (more)

[John Holden, Irish Times, 14 October]


Fraudulent research results: how common are they?

Posted in Research on July 31st, 2014 by steve

“The recent news that two ‘ground-breaking’ papers on stem-cell research by Japanese scientists have been retracted by the prestigious science journal Nature has raised the troubling issue of fraudulent results in science once more …” (more)

[Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, Irish Times, 31 July]

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Scientific Misbehavior in Economics: Unacceptable research practice linked to perceived pressure to publish

Posted in Research on July 23rd, 2014 by steve

“Upholding research integrity depends on our ability to understand the extent of misconduct. Sarah Necker describes her landmark study on economists’ research norms and practices. Fabrication, falsification and plagiarism are widely considered to be unjustifiable, but misbehaviour is still prevalent …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 23 July]

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Retractions are coming thick and fast: it’s time for journal publishers to act

Posted in Research on July 14th, 2014 by steve

“Journal publishers must acknowledge the limitations of traditional peer review and fully embrace post-publication peer review …” (more)

[Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky, Guardian, 14 July]

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Fraudulent research claims show crucial need for policy

Posted in Legal issues, Research on June 16th, 2014 by steve

“Mention the word fraud and what is the first thing you think of? Little surprise if your response was banks or bankers, although they have hardly cornered the market on use of the term …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 16 June]

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Does science need a retraction ‘shame list?’

Posted in Research on December 16th, 2013 by steve

“A pair of engineering researchers has analyzed the work of a handful of prolific scientific fraudsters, and has concluded that science needs a ‘shame list’ to deter future misconduct …” (more)

[Retraction Watch, 16 December]


Scientific research: Looks good on paper

Posted in Legal issues, Research on September 30th, 2013 by steve

China“Disguised as employees of a gas company, a team of policemen burst into a flat in Beijing on September 1st. Two suspects inside panicked and tossed a plastic bag full of money out of a 15th-floor window …” (more)

[The Economist, 28 September]

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Science in chains

Posted in Research on July 25th, 2013 by steve

“As concern grows about questionable practices and outright misconduct in the life sciences, the pre-registration of study designs and hypotheses is being wrongly touted as the panacea …” (more)

[Sophie Scott, Times Higher Education, 25 July]

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Research fraud: More scrutiny by administrators is not the answer

Posted in Legal issues, Research on June 17th, 2013 by steve

“I read this piece in the Independent this morning and an icy chill gripped me. Fraudulent researchers have been damaging Britain’s scientific reputation and we need to do something. But what? Sadly, it sounds like the plan is to do what is usually done when a moral panic occurs: increase the amount of regulation …” (more)

[BishopBlog, 17 June]

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The made-up science scandal: how fact-fabrication is damaging UK’s global name for research

Posted in Research on June 16th, 2013 by steve

“Britain’s leading science institutions will be told on Monday that they will be stripped of many millions of pounds in research grants if they employ rogue researchers who fake the results of experiments …” (more)

[John Lawless, Independent, 16 June]

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We DO have a problem

Posted in Research on June 9th, 2013 by steve

“The number of retractions is way below the level at which they should be occurring. Vested self-interest of authors, institutions and journals mean that where we should have a retraction, we have a correction. These are not corrections of mistakes, but of misconduct/fraud …” (more)

[Ferniglab’s Blog, 8 June]

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Tackle research fraud with ‘fear factor’: psychologist

Posted in Legal issues, Research on June 8th, 2013 by steve

“As the research community comes to terms with plagiarism, fabrication and falsification being the work of more than just the proverbial few bad apples, one psychiatrist has tried to get to the bottom of why people cheat and what can be done to stop it …” (more)

[Elizabeth Gibney, Times Higher Education, 6 June]


Diederik Stapel’s Audacious Academic Fraud

Posted in Research on April 27th, 2013 by steve

Holland“Diederik Stapel, a Dutch social psychologist, perpetrated an audacious academic fraud by making up studies that told the world what it wanted to hear about human nature. One summer night in 2011, a tall, 40-something professor named Diederik Stapel stepped out of his elegant brick house in the Dutch city of Tilburg to visit a friend around the corner …” (more)

[Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, New York Times, 26 April]

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Europe can be a leader of the ‘new industrial revolution’

Posted in Research on March 7th, 2013 by steve

Ireland“Europe can become the leader of the ‘new industrial revolution’, a senior European Commission official will tell a conference in Dublin today …” (more)

[Dan O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 March]

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