Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that more than two-thirds of 2,000 retractions in the life science literature were attributable to some form of misconduct, including fraud, duplicate publication, and plagiarism.
Carl Zimmer notes in The New York Times that previous studies have concluded that most retractions were attributable to “honest errors,” but the new study “challenges that comforting assumption.”
The rise in fraudulent papers “is a sign of a winner-take-all culture in which getting a paper published in a major journal can be the difference between heading a lab and facing unemployment,” Zimmer says.
According to Casadevall, the fact that “some fraction of people are starting to cheat” should not be taken lightly, even if the overall number of fraudulent papers is relatively low. “It convinces me more that we have a problem in science,” he says
Read more at:
- Tenfold increase in scientific research papers retracted for fraud (guardian.co.uk)
- Study: Fraud growing in scientific research papers (kansascity.com)
- Misconduct, Not Error, Accounts For Most Scientific Paper Retractions (news.bioscholar.com)
- Two-Thirds of Scientific Papers Retracted Due to Misconduct (medicaldaily.com)
- Misconduct, not mistakes, behind most retractions of scientific papers – CBC.ca (cbc.ca)
- Fraud In Published Scientific Papers Rises Dramatically (medicalnewstoday.com)
- Most scientific paper retractions due to misconduct: study (engineeringevil.com)
- Fraud ‘growing in scientific research papers’: Study (todayonline.com)
- Misconduct, Not Mistakes, Causes Most Retractions of Scientific Papers (news.sciencemag.org)
- An Alarming Two Thirds of All Scientific Publications and Research Retracted Found to Be Fraudulent (beyond2012zeitgeist.com)