There are a few ways to reduce research misconduct, writes Brendan Maher at the Nature News blog. Maher helped host a panel discussion for a Science Online NYC event Tuesday night that focused on the increased rates of retracted papers in recent years. The Office of Research Integrity's John Krueger notes that while there has been an increase in retractions, that does not mean that there has been a rise in misconduct. Instead, papers are subjected to more scrutiny, Maher writes. Indeed, Liz Williams, the executive editor of the Journal of Cell Biology, said that her journal has a full-time person to check figures from accepted papers for signs of manipulation. Further, Retraction Watch's Ivan Oransky added that both readers and the community are also looking at papers with critical eyes.
Mar 21, 2012