Contributors
Contributors
Meet some of the people featured in the December 2020 issue of The Scientist.
Contributors
Contributors

Meet some of the people featured in the December 2020 issue of The Scientist.

Meet some of the people featured in the December 2020 issue of The Scientist.

scientific fraud
Timeline: When Bad Research Changes Public Health Strategy
Timeline: When Bad Research Changes Public Health Strategy
Catherine Offord | Oct 1, 2020
Illinois-based Surgisphere Corporation had a brief moment in the limelight this year following its infamous study of hydroxychloroquine. But the impact of the company’s deception reverberated across world.
The Surgisphere Scandal: What Went Wrong?
The Surgisphere Scandal: What Went Wrong?
Catherine Offord | Oct 1, 2020
The high-profile retractions of two COVID-19 studies stunned the scientific community earlier this year and prompted calls for reviews of how science is conducted, published, and acted upon. The warning signs had been there all along.
MeTooSTEM Leader Admits to Faking Twitter Account
MeTooSTEM Leader Admits to Faking Twitter Account
Amanda Heidt | Aug 4, 2020
BethAnn McLaughlin will step away from the organization after confirming allegations that she posed as @Sciencing_Bi, a fabricated queer indigenous researcher and victim of sexual harassment.
Special Report
Surgisphere Sows Confusion About Another Unproven COVID-19 Drug
Surgisphere Sows Confusion About Another Unproven COVID-19 Drug
Catherine Offord | Jun 16, 2020
The company behind a now-discredited study on hydroxychloroquine also posted a report that has been cited by Latin American governments recommending ivermectin as a possible coronavirus treatment. Clinicians there say the effects have been extremely damaging.
Paper Used in Creationist Teaching Retracted After 30 Years
Paper Used in Creationist Teaching Retracted After 30 Years
Ashley Yeager | Nov 11, 2019
Criticism of the paper first surfaced in 1994, and its author was accused of scientific misconduct.
University College London Geneticist Cleared of Wrongdoing
University College London Geneticist Cleared of Wrongdoing
Jef Akst | Dec 5, 2018
A second investigation by the school concludes that David Latchman, also the head of Birkbeck, University of London, was not involved in the image manipulation found in papers he coauthored.
University of Edinburgh Demands Retraction of Researcher’s PapersUniversity of Edinburgh Demands Retraction of Researcher’s Papers
University of Edinburgh Demands Retraction of Researcher’s Papers
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 23, 2018
Cell biologist Irina Stancheva was dismissed in June 2017 after a scientific misconduct investigation.
Retractions Damage Scientists’ Reputations: Study
Retractions Damage Scientists’ Reputations: Study
Aggie Mika | Sep 8, 2017
Authors of rescinded papers see a 10 percent to 20 percent decline in citation rates for their other publications. 
The Past and Present of Research Integrity in China
The Past and Present of Research Integrity in China
Ben Andrew Henry | Mar 1, 2017
Several initiatives aim to improve research integrity in the country, but recent high-profile cases of misconduct highlight a lingering problem.