Science fiction is full of computer programmes and androids who fall afoul of the plots of some of Shakespeare’s most brutal tragedies.
A century-old case of scientific fraud illustrates how hard it is to untangle the truth when access to new discoveries is limited.
A leading website that monitored predatory open access journals has closed. This will make it harder to keep tabs on this corrosive force within science.
There are a few red flags to look out for when reading about new scientific discoveries that can help you spot dodgy or unreliable work.
Is the risk of a criminal conviction enough to deter scientists from publishing bogus research findings?
If we want the best possible research, it’s not just the journal articles that ought to be openly available to all, but the data behind them as well.
Researchers who feel pressured to publish in high ranking journals are more likely to cut corners, or even commit academic fraud.
Some activists use open records requests to bully researchers – distracting them from their actual work and silencing others who don’t want to draw attention.
Another retracted paper in the social sciences underscores the need for greater vigilance and reflection upon the causes of scientific fraud.