Scientific fraud on the rise

scientific fraud on the rise
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If there is one worrisome fact about science in the here and now, it is this: the possibility that a huge amount of publications is to be retracted due to falsified or duplicated data. Scientific fraud is on the rise.

The phenomenon is not new, there have been more than a few reports alarming of precisely this problem, and there is even a website dedicated exclusively to detect these cases of scientific misconduct (please go check Retraction Watch to see a few examples of what we are referring to), and now a new report on bioRxiv which looked at 960 papers published between 2009 and 2016 in the American Society for Microbiology’s journal Molecular and Cellular Biology. Of all those, they found that around 6% had been “inappropriately duplicated”. But what does that mean, exactly?

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