More fraud in science

In that the esteem in which “science” and “scientists” are held has in recent years has fallen to equal that of lawyers, used car salesmen and politicians, this recent article is of particular interest.

It deals with the rapidly increasing number of papers which are being retracted from mainstream, peer reviewed journals. The review notes that 73.3% were retracted due to “error”; and 26.6% were retracted due to “scientific fraud”.

It is interesting to note that in the five years between 2004 and 2009, the number of papers retracted due to scientific fraud increased seven fold.

Since the retracted papers represent only a small proportion of papers published every year, one can only wonder how much more garbage has been published, but not detected.

More importantly, this raises a number of interesting questions regarding the general standard of “science” and of “scientists”.

Similarly, since these papers were all “peer reviewed”, this does not speak well of either the standard of the “peers” or the “peer review process”.…ick/#more-44936
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