Weekend reads: Calls for retraction a bad idea?; is scientific fraud a crime?

booksThis week at Retraction Watch featured an unusual excuse for missing data, and a guilty plea in court for misconduct. Here’s what was happening elsewhere:

Retractions Outside of the Scientific Literature

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7 thoughts on “Weekend reads: Calls for retraction a bad idea?; is scientific fraud a crime?”

  1. Is scientific fraud a crime ?
    It’s a crime in several ways – 1. This researcher is stealing the money (as funding) from taxpayers. 2. He’s occupying a position that should go to a truly deserving one. 3. This fraudulent conclusion or outcome of his or her study is a knowledge source that physicians, engineer, other scientists depend on. 4. Valuable time is wasted countering false conclusion and lots of folks are influenced adversely to their peril (e.g. autism and vaccine connection).
    5. In Forensics, judge and juries depend on science to help determine the guilt or innocence of an accused.
    Next time I’m called on jury duty I have to ask if such scientific basis had been replicated and not retracted !

    1. It was nice reading your exchange with Prof Blatt. I have to be honest, although I am for anonymous voices in PPPR, his argumentation appears more convincing

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