Sloppiness on the Rise

Times Higher Education reports:

Speaking at the 3rd World Conference on Research Integrity, held in Montreal, Canada, from 5 to 8 May, Véronique Kiermer said a lot of errors that needed correction were “actually avoidable errors…and I think that is a very troubling trend”.

Although – unlike across academic publishing as a whole – the publishing group’s 18 journals had seen no increase in the number of retractions per year, the number of corrections issued had risen, said Dr Kiermer.

Directing her concerns mainly at the biomedical sciences, she listed problems with papers that included missing control tests, inappropriate and poor image manipulation, issues in experimental design and reporting, and problems with statistics.

The article is on line at: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/research-paper-sloppiness-on-the-increase-warns-publisher/2003771.article

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