We were writing about a researcher who had 16 papers retracted for fake peer reviews; when we found out he was trying to find a new job in academia, we posted a follow-up that linked to his CV. Some commenters called the post “bullying,” “unethical,” and “over the line.” Not everyone agreed, but the back-and-forth prompted us to think about when such follow-ups were appropriate, and whether scientists who’ve committed fraud deserve a second chance.
We distilled those thoughts into our most recent column for LabTimes. In nutshell, the answer to the second question is an emphatic “yes.” (There is even a group of researchers working on controversial ways to rehabilitate such scientists.) The answer to the first question is a bit more nuanced, and has to do with how honest the scientists in question were about their pasts.
You can read the whole column here, and we welcome continued discussion.
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