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Fabrication, Falsification, & Plagiarism
Research Integrity in Journals
Research Integrity Administration
Responsible Conduct of Research

DateSourceTitle & Summary
Fabrication, Falsification, & Plagiarism
August 20, 2010The New York Times"Harvard Finds Scientist Guilty of Misconduct" by NIcholas Wade - Shortly after placing researcher Marc Hauser on leave due to suspicions surrounding the validity of recently published data, Harvard found that misconduct had occurred in eight instances. 
August 11, 2010The New York Times"Expert on Morality Is on Leave After Research Inquiry" by Nicholas Wade - Harvard researcher Marc Hauser, was placed on academic leave after an investigation found that recently published data "did not support the reported findings".
August 1, 2010The New York Times"Plagiarism Lines Blur for Students in Digital Age" by Trip Gabriel - The author describes how students' reliance on the Internet as a source for information has led to confusion as to what constitutes as plagiarism. 
July 29, 2010Las Vegas Review-Journal"Federal Jury Finds Cornell University's Medical College Committed Fraud " - A federal ruling finds that Cornell University medical college knowingly submitted three progress reports for an NIH-sponsored training grant which contained false statements about the number of HIV-positive patients seen by post-doctoral fellows at the university. 
December 8, 2009The Birmingham News"Ex-UAB researcher's work may be fake" by Jeff Hansen - The University of Alabama at Birmingham conducted an investigation into allegations of falsification and/or fabrication against one of its scientists.  As a result, a total of nine papers will be retracted. 
July 31, 2009MSNBC"Sperm made of stem cells claim retracted" by Associated Press - Researchers at Britain's Newcastle University retracted a controversial paper after finding that two paragraphs had been plagiarized. 
May 13, 2009The New York Times"Doctor Falsified Study on Injuired G.I.'s, Army Says" by Duff Wilson and Barry Meier - Dr. Timothy R. Kuklo, a former Army surgeon at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and paid consultant to Medtronic Inc. was found to have fabricated patient data regarding a bone-growth product sold by Medtronic.  Additionally, Dr. Kuklo forged the signatures of four Walter Reed Army doctors on an article that he submitted last year to a British medical journal.  Kuklo also did not obtain the Army's permission to conduct the study. 
March 9, 2009BMJ"Prominent celecoxib researcher admits fabricating data in 21 articles" by Jeanne Lenzer - Scott S. Reuben, Associate Professor at Tufts University and chief of the acute pain service at Bayview Medical Center admitted to fabricating patient data in 21 of his 72 published articles.  He received research grants from Pfizer and studied drugs such as Celebrex and Lyrica and their use in pain management.  Reuben has since gone on medical leave at Bayview Medical Center, resigned from his associate professor position and will not be permitted to participate in research. 
Research Integrity in Journals
August 24, 2009The Chronicle"Professor at Canada's McGill U. Admits Signing Research Generated by Drug Maker" by Paul Basken - Barbara B. Sherwin, a professor of psychology at McGill University in Montreal, acknowledged that she agreed to have her name appear on an article about estrogen and memory loss that was actually written by a freelance author for Wyeth.
August 5, 2009The New York Times"Medical Papers by Ghostwriters Pushed Therapy" by Natasha Singer - It was recently discovered that between 1998 and 2005, 26 scientific papers published in various journals about the positive effects of hormone replacement therapy in women were a result of ghostwriters paid by Wyeth.  The articles touted the benefits of using Wyeth's hormone drugs to treat menopause, Premarin and Prempro, while down-playing the risks, such as aging skin, heart disease and dementia.
Research Integrity Administration
May 7, 2008The Australian“Minister eyes watchdog” by Bernard Lane - A cabinet minister in the Australian government raises concerns about the ad hoc handling of research misconduct cases by Australian universities.  The Australian government is considering some sort of review mechanism which would be “cost effective and have scientific and legal authority".
Responsible Conduct of Research
February 7, 2008Sydney Morning Herald“Rats in the ranks” by Deborah Smith and Leonie Lamont - The article explores some research misconduct cases from the Monash University in Australia, and weighs in on a few issues related to reporting and investigation of scientific misconduct.  The authors briefly explore the tension produced by the tough competition for funds, the demand to publish, and increased commercialization of research. These factors have not only increased the opportunities for scientists to behave badly but also to an increase in the number of “rats in the ranks".


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