Researchers Malte Elson and Patrick Markey probably didn’t know what they were getting into when they first raised questions about a problematic study of the possible effects of violent video games.
Like many other data sleuths out there, they simply wanted to ensure the scientific record wasn’t muddied by problematic data — particularly in such a high-profile area with a potentially profound impact on policy. Although their efforts ultimately paid off — the paper was retracted, and the first author lost her PhD — they also paid a price.
During the investigation, The Ohio State University (OSU), where the study authors were based, filed a complaint against Elson and Markey, arguing they had violated OSU’s confidentiality policy by going public with their concerns. (This isn’t the first time OSU has faced questions over its handling of a misconduct investigation.)
To find out how the OSU complaint affected Elson and Markey, read our story out today in Motherboard.
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