Houston, We Have a Problem
[From the article “Why Fake Data When You Can Fake a Scientist?”] “Hoss Cartwright, a former editor of the International Journal of Agricultural Innovations and Research, had a good excuse for missing the 5th World Congress on Virology last year: He doesn’t exist. Burkhard Morgenstern, a professor of bioinformatics at the University of Gottingen, dreamt him up, and built a nice little scientific career for him. He wrote Cartwright a Curriculum Vitae, describing his doctorate in Studies of Dunnowhat, his rigorous postdoctoral work at Some Shitty Place in the Middle of Nowhere, and his experience as Senior Cattle Manager at the Ponderosa Institute for Bovine Research. Cartwright never published a single research paper, but he was appointed to the editorial boards of five journals.” To read more, click here.
Fake Authors. Fake Data. Fake Journals. Fake Reviewers. Fake Citations. One could get discouraged. Maybe this is a good time to note that replications could help.