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Week in Review, May 20–24
Bob Grant | May 24, 2013
Journals plagiarizing journals; new immune cells combat diabetes; TB-killing vitamin C; analog cell computers; real time fish memory; ant-pitcher plant mutualism
Rampant Plagiarism in Two Journals
Kerry Grens | May 22, 2013
An investigation by
reveals blatant misuse of open-access articles.
Opinion: Ethics Training in Science
James Hicks | May 14, 2013
The NIH has required researchers to receive instruction about responsible conduct for more than 20 years, but misconduct is still on the rise.
Week in Review
Jef Akst | Mar 15, 2013
Disgruntled Nobel loser sues; brain trauma researchers search for biomarker of a chronic condition; receptor for novel coronavirus found; the rise of transcriptomics; and ethical oversight of participant-led research
Plagiarism in Successful NSF Proposals
Dan Cossins | Mar 10, 2013
Using plagiarism detection software, the NSF’s internal watchdog has found almost 100 suspicious cases among the 8,000 projects the agency funded in 2011.
German Minister Resigns
Kate Yandell | Feb 12, 2013
The minister of education and research has stepped down after being stripped of her doctorate following accusations of plagiarism.
German Politician’s PhD Revoked
Dan Cossins | Feb 7, 2013
The German minister for science and education has been stripped of her PhD after she was found guilty of plagiarizing chunks of the dissertation she wrote in 1980.
Review Retracted for Plagiarism
Dan Cossins | Jan 29, 2013
The authors of a review article on genome-wide association studies have retracted the paper due to “substantial textual overlap” with other sources.
Fraud Breeds Retractions
Sabrina Richards | Oct 1, 2012
An analysis of retractions dating back to 1977 shows that most papers are retracted due to misconduct.
Misconduct on the Rise
Bob Grant | May 21, 2012
Retractions of scientific studies due to plagiarism, falsification, and other instances of researchers behaving badly have skyrocketed in the past decade.