DIY peer review.. wildly exaggerated breakthroughs.. how to commit fraud without being caught

08/31/2015 10:55

by Ivan Oransky


Another busy week at Retraction Watch.   Here's what was happening elsewhere:

  • It is possible to produce substantial amounts of research that is entirely made up provided that one keeps it plausible and boring so nobody is tempted to replicate it. Luca Turn on fraud.
  • "How do you get your grant renewed?" asks Carl Wunsch. "A common answer is to distort the calculation of the uncertainty, or ignore it all together, and proclaim an exciting story that the New York Times will pick up."
  • "Is Bibioleaks Inevitable?" A paper Ivan peer-reviewed that went online in April, but that we've just seen.


The article first appeared here.