Fraud growing in scientific research papers


By Seth Borenstein – Fraud in scientific research, while still rare, is growing at a troubling pace.

In 1976, there were fewer than 10 fraud retractions for every 1 million studies published, compared with 96 retractions per million in 2007.

The study authors aren’t quite sure why this is happening. But they and outside experts point to pressure to hit it big in science, both for funding and attention, and to what seems to be a subtle increase in deception in overall society that science may simply be mirroring.

“Very few people are doing it, but when they do it, they are doing it in areas that are very important,” Arturo Casadevall said, a professor of microbiology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. “And when these things come out, society loses faith in science.” more> http://tinyurl.com/8lfcml2

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