Misconduct Widespread in Retracted Science Papers, Study Finds

Last year the journal Nature reported an alarming increase in the number of retractions of scientific papers a tenfold rise in the previous decade, to more than 300 a year across the scientific literature.

Other studies have suggested that most of these retractions resulted from honest errors. But a deeper a n a lysis of retractions, being published this week, challenges that comforting assumption.

In the new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, two scientists and a medical communications consultant a n a lyzed 2,047 retracted papers in the biomedical and life sciences. They found that misconduct was the reason for three-quarters of the retractions for which they could determine the cause.



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L Gilbert
Good. Honesty is the best policy. The truth eventually comes to light anyway, but it'd help if eveyone in the science world was balanced, objective, and honest in the first place.
Would this have anything to do with the pressure to publish or perish?

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