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No tenure for German social psychologist accused of data manipulation

No tenure for German social psychologist accused of data manipulation | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Ruhr University of Bochum seeks candidate with different profile for its professorship (...) - Nature, by Frank van Kolfschooten, July 21, 2016

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[UK] Secret dossier on research fraud suggests government concern over science

[UK] Secret dossier on research fraud suggests government concern over science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Senior figures in UK science fear that culture leading to research misconduct has not been changed (...) - Times Higher Education, by David Matthews, December 3, 2015

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China pursues fraudsters in science publishing

China pursues fraudsters in science publishing | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Measures may not be enough to stem the tide, some fear

 

China’s main basic research agency is cracking down on scientists who used fake peer reviews to publish papers, demanding that serious offenders return research funding. The move accompanies an announcement by the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) in Beijing, first reported by state media on 12 November, that it had investigated dozens of scientists involved in peer-review scams. The probe’s findings highlighted the role of China’s many unscrupulous paper brokers, which peddle ghostwritten or fraudulent papers. (...) - Science, by Mara Hvistedahl, 20 November 2015

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[China] Anti-corruption watchdog targets top university

Some of China’s top universities are coming under scrutiny as part of the country’s anti-corruption drive, with Shanghai’s prestigious Fudan University last week named and shamed by anti-graft watchdog the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

In an unusual move, the commission published its report on Fudan and some other unlinked organisations, saying it was publicising its findings in the hope of spurring “public supervision” of organisations. (....) - University World News, by Yojana Sharma, 09 July 2014 Issue No:328

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RIKEN Makes Verdict on Two Problematic Stem Cell Papers Final

RIKEN Makes Verdict on Two Problematic Stem Cell Papers Final | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Judgment of misconduct by lead author Haruko Obokata will stand; she now faces disciplinary procedures.

TOKYO—RIKEN has decided against reopening an investigation into two stem cell papers that concluded that the lead author, Haruko Obokata of RIKEN's Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, engaged in research misconduct. The institute has yet to decide whether Obokata will be punished. (...) by Dennis Normile, ScienceInsider, May 8 2014

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Former U.S. Research Fraud Chief Speaks Out on Resignation, 'Frustrations'

Former U.S. Research Fraud Chief Speaks Out on Resignation, 'Frustrations' | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

David Wright's fiery resignation letter last month drew national attention.

Last month, David Wright, the director of the federal Office of Research Integrity (ORI), which keeps watch on fraud in federally funded biomedical research, quit in frustration after 2 years. His resignation letter was a scathing critique of what he called the “dysfunctional” bureaucracy at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH). After it was obtained and published by ScienceInsider, it drew national attention to an office that often labors in obscurity. Wright, 68, has since returned to Michigan, where he is a professor emeritus at Michigan State University in East Lansing. He spoke with ScienceInsider earlier this week about his reasons for leaving. The interview has been edited for clarity and brevity. (...) - by Jocelyn Kaiser, Science, 4 April 2014

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South Korean professors charged over alleged plagiarism scheme

South Korean professors charged over alleged plagiarism scheme | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Prosecutors accuse academics of colluding with publishers to boost their standing and sell more books (...) - Times higher Education, by Dvid Matthews, December 15, 2015

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Corée du Sud : le monde universitaire secoué par des plagiats massifs

Corée du Sud : le monde universitaire secoué par des plagiats massifs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

200 professeurs issus de 50 universités différentes sont accusés de s’être approprié les livres d’autres auteurs. Certains éditeurs sont accusés d’avoir fermé les yeux sur la pratique, et pour certain (...) - Le Figaro, par Fanny Lauzier, 02/12/2015

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President of Japan's RIKEN research labs resigns

President of Japan's RIKEN research labs resigns | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Ryoji Noyori's 12-year tenure saw the discovery of an element and a stem-cell scandal.


Ryoji Noyori, long-time president of Japan's RIKEN network of basic-research laboratories, has resigned after a year in which the organization was embroiled in controversy over fraudulent stem-cell papers. (...) - Nature, by David Cyranoski, 24 March 2015

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Academic Scandal Shakes Japan

Academic Scandal Shakes Japan | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Accusations of fabricating data and plagiarism by a researcher have prompted questions about the quality of science in a country that still punches below its international weight in cutting-edge research. (...) - by David McNeil, The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 6, 2014

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From fraudsters to fudgers: research integrity is on trial

From fraudsters to fudgers: research integrity is on trial | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Bad behaviour is omnipresent in science. It encompasses everything from outright scientific fraud, such as falsifying data, to other misconducts like cherry-picking data, favourable-looking images and graphs, and drawing conclusions that are not backed up by the actual facts. Overall, it matters more serious than keeping a sloppy lab notebook that no-one else can follow. This raises the deeper question: what drives scientists to behave in such a way? Typically considered quite clever people, why would a researcher behave in a way when, theoretically, one of the backbones of science – results’ replicability – is bound to get you in the end? And that is just one of the watchmen: university colleagues and journal editors must be duped too.(...) - Euroscientist, April 30th, 2014

 

 

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Diederik Stapel’s Audacious Academic Fraud

Diederik Stapel’s Audacious Academic Fraud | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Diederik Stapel, a Dutch social psychologist, perpetrated an audacious academic fraud by making up studies that told the world what it wanted to hear about human nature. (...) -By YUDHIJIT BHATTACHARJEE, The New York Times, April 26, 2013

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