Scientific Misconduct - a story on reporting it

Hi all,

wanted to share a blog post I found via Twitter: Crystal Prison Zone: I tried to report scientific misconduct. How did it go? The adventures of Joe Hilgard, as he tries to report scientific misconduct.

I quote from the piece:

I want to share this story with you so that you understand a few things. You should understand that there are probably a few people in your field producing work that is either fraudulent or so erroneous it may as well be fraudulent. You should understand that their work is cited in policy statements and included in meta-analyses. You should understand that, if you want to see the data or to report concerns, those things happen according to the inclinations of the editor-in-chief at the journal. You should understand that if the editor-in-chief is not inclined to help you, they generally not accountable to anyone and they can always ignore you until the statute of limitations runs out.

Basically, it is very easy to generate unreliable data, and it is very difficult to get it retracted.

Definitely food for thought…


would share a recent indonesian case i reported when have time… :slight_smile: