Scientific research fraud rare but increasing: study
October 3, 2012, 11:33 am TWN
WASHINGTON -- A new study finds that fraud in scientific research is growing at a troubling rate, even though it remains rare overall.
A review of retractions in medical and biological peer-reviewed journals finds the percentage of studies that had to be withdrawn because of scientific misconduct has jumped several-fold since the mid-1970s.
The study says fraud or suspected fraud is by far the biggest reason for retractions, outweighing errors and plagiarism.