A Mad Rush to Publish

There’s nothing worse for the progress of science than finding that published results were based on outright fraud or overhyped findings. The editors of a site termed Retraction Watch estimate that an average retraction rate of one scientific paper per day due to misconduct. This represents only 2% of scientists, but it’s enough to make you worry.

The problem may be more common in the most prestigious journals, as some authors may leave no holds barred “for a shot at glory.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/23/opinion/whats-behind-big-science-frauds.html

What journal policies would you suggest to diminish the incentives for fraud?

What can social scientists and other scientists do to improve monitoring of the quality of their own work and that of others in their discipline?

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