A clutch of research misconduct stories has hit the news in recent weeks. Is it a crisis?
Item 1: The retraction of a highly-cited paper by
Crisis? No, but there's room for concern here given that eight years had gone by between the paper's publication and its retraction. That's particularly galling given that research by the fabricating author, Steven Leadon, had been under the ethical microscope before. He had retracted one of his own papers, and resigned his position as director of radiobiology amidst an investigation into other work.2