Infographic: Web of Retractions

See coauthors' connections to eight researchers with problematic papers.

By | May 1, 2017


One author’s misconduct can have profound effects on the research community. The eight researchers with the highest individual retraction counts in the scientific literature—many of them for misconduct—have together coauthored problematic papers with more than 320 other researchers (circles, sized by retraction count and colored by continent of primary affiliation). The number of retraction-producing collaborations (black lines) between any two researchers varies, but in several cases, researchers produce multiple problematic papers with the same individuals or groups, leading to highly interconnected clusters of scientists linked by their retraction history.


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May 25, 2017

Asia appears to be getting a reputation for a high degree of dishonesty.   This will not bode well for new Asian students entering into the sciences, no matter how smart they are, and no matter how well their test scores.   In Asia success depends on "family" and connections.   The real world, against which science is always tested, does not care about a persons'  family or their connections.

Expect at least two generations to elapse before this lesson sinks in.   I suspect that the situation will be even worse for those coming from China.

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