Weekend reads: Highly cited scientist was manipulating citations; ‘botched and unnecessary’ operations; a flawed coronavirus study

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One thought on “Weekend reads: Highly cited scientist was manipulating citations; ‘botched and unnecessary’ operations; a flawed coronavirus study”

  1. “What Research Institutions Can Do to Foster Research Integrity.”

    “Conclusion Finally it’s important to note that there are many stakeholders with a responsibility to foster research integrity. First and foremost the researchers themselves are responsible to behave well and to refrain from QRPs (questionable research practices).

    “researchers” are not stakeholders. They hold no shares in the institutions. Researchers are the workforce. There is money for the institutions’ CEO, higher management, administrators, the institutions’ legal teams, the building and maintenance of the physical plant, the animal facilities, the health and safety officials, the chemical and equipment manufacturers, waste removal companies, outreach programs, the publishers, and not much left for the “researchers”.

    The most effective thing researchers can do to foster research integrity is to audit the publications of the higher-ups, and mark them up on Retraction Watch and Pubpeer if there are problematic data.

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