The internet has enabled the faster and more thorough dissemination of published science, meaning that more eyes than ever are available to check the accuracy, veracity and integrity of the research record. With our enhanced ability to spot plagiarism and image manipulation electronically, it appears that the frequency with which we've flagged potentially fraudulent or plagiarized papers has gone up. This panel will look at the trends in retractions and how they relate to real or perceived increases in research misconduct. We hope to discuss what steps publications are taking to deal with the sloppy or fraudulent research practices that sometimes result in retractions, and also what research institutions are doing to investigate and deter such practices. Is the system broken, and what can researchers do to help fix it if it is?
John Krueger of the Office of Research Integrity.
Ivan Oransky, Executive Editor, Reuters Health and one of the people behind the Retraction Watch blog.
Liz Williams, Executive Editor, The Journal of Cell Biology.
**This SoNYC event has been rescheduled from October 2011.
When & Where
SpotOn NYC (#sonyc) is a monthly discussion series organised by Nature Publishing Group and Ars Technica and hosted at Rockefeller University. The organisers are Lou Woodley, John Timmer, Jeanne Garbarino and Joe Bonner.
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