Fraud becoming rampant in scientific research papers, study shows

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by J. D. Heyes, Natural News:

Researchers say it’s still rare, but fraud in scientific research is climbing at an alarming rate nonetheless. What’s more, according to a new study which has documented the trend, researchers can’t say why it’s happening.

An examination of retractions in medical and biological peer-reviewed publications and journals found the percentage of studies withdrawn due to fraud or suspected fraud has increased dramatically since the mid-1970s, The Associated Press reported recently, citing data from the study.

In 1976, there were fewer than 10 fraud retractions for every one million studies published; by 2007, fraud retractions had grown to 96 per one million, the study found.

While the study’s authors can’t explain the phenomenon, they and outside experts point to additional pressure for researchers to make a name for themselves in science in order to boost funding and gain recognition. Also, they say there appears…

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