By Seth Borenstein – Fraud in scientific research, while still rare, is growing at a troubling pace.
In 1976, there were fewer than 10 fraud retractions for every 1 million studies published, compared with 96 retractions per million in 2007.
The study authors aren’t quite sure why this is happening. But they and outside experts point to pressure to hit it big in science, both for funding and attention, and to what seems to be a subtle increase in deception in overall society that science may simply be mirroring.
“Very few people are doing it, but when they do it, they are doing it in areas that are very important,” Arturo Casadevall said, a professor of microbiology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. “And when these things come out, society loses faith in science.” more> https://goo.gl/xXuntM
- Study: Fraud growing in scientific research papers (kansascity.com)
- Misconduct, not mistakes, behind most retractions of scientific papers – CBC.ca (cbc.ca)
- Tenfold increase in scientific research papers retracted for fraud (guardian.co.uk)
- Misconduct, Not Error, Accounts For Most Scientific Paper Retractions (sys-con.com)
- Misconduct, Not Error, Accounts For Most Scientific Paper Retractions (news.bioscholar.com)
- Study: Fraud growing in scientific research papers (news.terra.com)
- Study: Fraud growing in scientific research papers (seattletimes.com)
- Study: Fraud growing in scientific research papers (mysanantonio.com)
- Misconduct, Not Mistakes, Causes Most Retractions of Scientific Papers (news.sciencemag.org)
- Misconduct, Not Error, Accounts For Most Scientific Paper Retractions (sacbee.com)
Posted in Business, Economy, Science, Technology
Tagged Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Arturo Casadevall, Fraud, Industrial economy, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Science and Technology, Scientific misconduct, United States
FBI Mobile Command Center in Washington DC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Michael Cooney – The 2011 IC3 Internet Crime Report (pdf) issued found that of the 314,246 complaints the IC3 received last year over 14,000 involved scamsters posing as the FBI in one shady online form or another. The 314,246 complaints represent a 3.4% increase over 2010.
The IC3 said the top five crimes included:
- FBI-related Scams – Scams in which a criminal poses as the FBI to defraud victims.
- Identity Theft– Unauthorized use of a victim’s personal identifying information to commit fraud or other crimes.
- Advance Fee Fraud– Criminals convince victims to pay a fee to receive something of value, but do not deliver anything of value to the victim.
- Non-Auction/Non-Delivery of Merchandise – Purchaser does not receive items purchased.
- Overpayment Fraud – An incident in which the complainant receives an invalid monetary instrument with instructions to deposit it in a bank account and send excess funds or a percentage of the deposited money back to the sender.
Posted in Broadband, Business, Net
Tagged Advance-fee fraud, Confidence trick, Crime, Cybersecurity, FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Fraud, Identity theft, Internet, Internet Crime Complaint Center