News Articles on Scientific Practice and Scientific Dysfunction (2016)

News Articles 2016:


Bad science: 5 most notable studies retracted in 2015 (CBS News, January 1, 2016)

We need clinical trials but we must remain vigilant against their abuse (The Guardian, January 4, 2016)

Biomedical Science Studies Are Shockingly Hard to Reproduce (Smithsonian, January 4, 2016)

Fraudulent Paper Pulled (The Scientist, January 5, 2016)

Missing mice: gaps in data plague animal research (Nature, January 5, 2016)

Data sharing: An open mind on open data (Nature, January 6, 2016)

Ranjit Chandra, medical researcher, stripped of Order of Canada (CBC News, January 8, 2016)

Former NCSU scientists reprimanded, lose future funding over ‘misleading’ research (The News & Observer, January 8, 2016)

WSU seeks retraction, says researcher faked poop-to-power study data (The Seattle Times, January 13, 2016)

Former NCSU professor says he’ll get by without funding from National Science Foundation (The News & Observer, January 14, 2016)

AIDS-vaccine fraud sentence upheld for ex-ISU scientist (The Des Moines Register, January 13, 2016)

University of NSW defends handling of investigation into prominent scientist Levon Khachigian (Australian Broadcasting Corperation, January 14, 2016)

How peer reviews might hold the key to making science more transparent (The Guardian, January 15, 2016)

What we know so far about the clinical trial disaster in France (Science Magazine, January 15, 2016)>

The Power of the “Power Pose” (Nature, January 18, 2016)

Italian papers on genetically modified crops under investigation (Slate, January 19, 2016)

Science expresses concern over controversial chemistry paper (Nature, January 21, 2016)

What is ‘bad science’ and how to spot it? (Digital Journal, January 22, 2016)

Firing of veteran NIH scientist prompts protests over publication ban (Science Magazine, February 22, 2017)

Research integrity: Don’t let transparency damage science (Nature, January 25, 2016)

Funding Ban for Plant Biologist (The Scientist Magazine, January 26, 2016)

Karolinska Institute may reopen ethics inquiry into work of pioneering surgeon (Science, January 29, 2016)

Responsibility conducting research (Science Magazine, January 29, 2016)


How likely is it that scientists are engaged in a conspiracy? (The Huffington Post, February 1, 2016)

Artificial-windpipe pioneer under scrutiny again (Nature, February 1, 2016)

Make journals report clinical trials properly (Nature, February 2, 2016)

Fixing published research mistakes not easy; fixing the publishing system may be harder (Science Daily, February 3, 2016)

Reproducibility: A tragedy of errors (Nature, February 3, 2016)

NSF breaks new ground in reprimanding authors of flawed Science paper (Science Magazine, February 4, 2016)

If you fail to reproduce another scientist’s results, this journal wants to know (Science Magazine, February 4, 2016)

French company bungled clinical trial that led to a death and illness, report says (Science Magazine, February 5, 2016)

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Let’s just try that again (The Economist, February 6, 2016)

The Bitter Fight Over the Benefits of Bilingualism (The Atlantic, February 10, 2016)

Swedish academy seeks to stem ‘crisis of confidence’ in wake of Macchiarini scandal (Science, February 11, 2016)

Karolinska’s vice-chancellor resigns over case of controversial surgeon (Nature, February 15, 2016)

Stem-cell controversy unfolds in Sweden (BioNews, February 15, 2016)

Many surveys, about one in five, may contain fraudulent data (Science Magazine, February 24, 2016)

How many replication studies are enough? (Science Magazine, February 26, 2016)

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The Stress Test (The New Yorker, February 29, 2016)


Document Claims Drug Makers Deceived a Top Medical Journal (New York Times, March 1, 2016)

M.D. Anderson scientist, accused of manipulating data, retires (Houston Chronicle, March 2, 2016)

New Critique Sees Flaws in Landmark Analysis of Psychology Studies (New York Times, March 3, 2016)

About 40% of economics experiments fail replication survey (Science Magazine, March 3, 2016)

Psychology’s replication crisis sparks new debate (ScienceNews, March 3, 2016)

Researchers overturn landmark study on the replicability of psychological science (Science Daily, March 3, 2016)

Psychology Is in Crisis Over Whether It’s in Crisis (Wired, March 3, 2016)

Psychology’s reproducibility problem is exaggerated – say psychologists (Nature, March 3, 2016)

Errors riddled 2015 study showing replication crisis in psychology research, scientists say (The Washington Post, March 3, 2016)

Psychology’s Replication Crisis Can’t Be Wished Away (The Atlantic, March 4, 2016)

Should All Research Papers Be Free? (New York Times, March 12, 2016)

Social psychology’s credibility crisis (The Globe and Mail, March 12, 2016)

Retraction Action: Science Fraud is Up, but More Retractions Could Be a Good Thing (Cal Alumni Association, March 16, 2016)

Set up a ‘self-retraction’ system for honest errors (Nature, March 22, 2016)

Psychology is in crisis. This scientist’s striking confession explains how we got here. (Vox, March 22, 2016)

How Journalists Can Help Hold Scientists Accountable (Pacific Standard, March 22, 2016)

Karolinska Institute fires fallen star surgeon Paola Macchiarini (Science Magazine, March 23, 2016)

‘Superstar doctor’ fired from Swedish institute over research ‘lies’ (The Guardian, March 24, 2016)

Scientific journals are retracting more papers then ever before. This is probably good for science (Vox, March 24, 2016)

What Psychology’s crisis means for the future of science (Vox, March 25, 2016)

Psychology’s Replication Crisis is My Crisis (Undark, March 25, 2016)

For my next trick (The Economist, March 26, 2016)

Studying the science of science (Science Magazine, March 28, 2016)

French scientists accused of perjury for allegedly concealing industry payments (Science Magazine, Mar 31, 2016)

How to Make Psychology Studies More Reliable (The Atlantic, Mar 31, 2016)


This scientist nearly went to jail for making up data (The Washington Post, April 1, 2016)

Criminologists scrutinise academia in wake of scientific scandals (Times Higher Education, April 1, 2016)

How scientists fell in an out of love with the hormone oxytocin (Vox, April 4, 2016)

The Great Statin Con? (Huffington Post, April 4, 2016)

Universities stonewall investigations of research misconduct (STAT, April 5, 2016)

The Female Viagra, Undone by a Drug Maker’s Dysfunction (New York Times, April 9, 2016)

The Marquette professor who dared to speak out (Chicago Tribune, April 11, 2016)

Climate Crows Ignores a Scientific Fraud (Wall Street Journal, April 15, 2016)

The reproducibility crisis is good for science. (Slate, April 15, 2016)

Big Science is broken (This Week, April 18, 2016)

Grit Under Attack in Education Circles (U.S. News & World Report, April 18, 2016)

The Unintended Consequences of Tying to Replicate Research (Slate, April 18, 2016)

The Cost of Lying: For Once Lab Scientist Who Fabricated Evidence, Just Two Years in Prison (Huffington Post, April 19, 2016)

How to survive as a whistle-blower (Nature, April 20, 2016)

Sins of the principal investigator (Science Magazine, April 20, 2016)

Power of positive thinking skews mindfulness studies (Nature, April 21, 2016)

Problematic images found in 4% of biomedical papers (Nature, April 22, 2016)

A new study suggests mindfulness isn’t quite as miraculous as we’ve been led to believe (Nature, April 24, 2016)

It bears repeating: how scientists are addressing the ‘reproducibility problem’ (The Conversation, April 25, 2016)

Seeing double: Duplicated images plague research papers (STAT, April 29, 2016)

Tackling fraudulent research on multiple fronts (Strait Times, April 30, 2016)



Impostor poses as expert scientist to mysteriously peer-review work for scientific journal (The Washington Post, May 5, 2016)

HKU embroiled in research misconduct scandal (Hing Kong Free Press, May 7, 2016)

Former Pitt researcher accused of falsifying data (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 9, 2016)

John Oliver explains why so much science you read about is bogus (The Washington Post, May 9, 2016)

In science, follow the money – if you can (LA Times, May 12, 2016)

Badges to Acknowledge Open Practices: A Simple, Low-Cost, Effective Method for Increasing Transparency (PLOS Biology, May 12, 2016)

Big Pharma Reveals a Biomedical Replication Crisis (Pacific Standard, May 12, 2016)

Benefit of organizational misconduct: Others in group may work harder, study says (Science, May 19, 2016)

France tightens rules in wake of fatal clinical trial (Science Magazine, May 23, 2016)

When it comes to replicating studies, context matters, an analysis of reproducibility project work finds (ScienceDaily, May 23, 2016)

Another retraction for diabetes researcher (The Scientist, May 23, 2016)

When Great Minds Think Unalike: Inside Science’s ‘Replication Crisis’ (NPR, May 24, 2016)

Reality check on reproducibility (Nature, May 25, 2016)

1,500 scientists lift the lid on reproducibility (Nature, May 20, 2016)

ORI researcher faked dozens of experiments (The Scientist, May 25, 2016)

1,500 scientists lift the lid on reproducibility (Nature, May 25, 2016)

Why Do So Many Studies Fail to Replicate? (New York Times, May 27, 2016)

Is There a Reproducibility Crisis in Science? (Scientific American, May 28, 2016)


Scientists Who Cheat (The New York Times, June 1, 2015)

Scientific Study Proves Scientific Studies Can’t Prove Anything (The Huffington Post, June 1, 2015)

William Reville: Fraud is now the biggest enemy of science (The Irish Times, June 2, 2016)

Scientists aren’t superheroes – failure is a valid result (The Guardian, June 8, 2016)

Misconduct: Lessons from researcher rehab (Nature, June 8, 2016)

Second Chances (Nature, June 8, 2016)

Two Former U. of C. medical researchers faked data, government finds (The Chicago Tribune, June 9, 2016)

Muddled meanings hamper efforts to fix reproducibility crisis (Nature, June 14, 2016)

Scientists aren’t superheroes – failure is a valid result (The Guardian, June 8, 2016)

Two former U. of C. medical researchers faked data, government finds (Chicago Tribune, June 9, 2016)

Is that a psychological condition, or just faulty research? (The Washington Post, June 19, 2016)

Is psychology really in crisis? (The Conversation, June 22, 2016)

More retractions for Cancer Researcher (The Scientist, June 22, 2016)

Stem cell doc faces manslaughter charge over transplants (CBS, June 22, 2016)

Journals retract three ‘fraudulent’ UM papers (Malaysiakini June 23, 2016)

An N.Y.U Study Gone Wrong, and a Top Researcher Dismissed (New York Times, June 27, 2016)

NYU medical school stops studies after ethical violations (Fox News, June 29, 2016)


Research Fraud: the temptation to lie – and the challenges of regulation (The Conversation, July 5, 2016)

Let’s make peer review scientific (Nature, July 5, 2016)

Survey: UK Researchers Rife with Misconduct (The Scientist, July 5, 2016)

A Bug in FMRI Software Could Invalidate 15 Years of Brain Research (ScienceAlert, July 6, 2016)

Watch out for cheats in citation game (Nature, July 12, 2016)

Canadian researchers who commit scientific fraud are protected by privacy laws (The Star, July 12, 2016)

Why It Took Social Science Years to Correct a Simple Error about ‘Psychoticism’ (NY Magazine, July 15, 2016)

False Alarm: Damien Hirst’s Formaldehyde Fumes Weren’t Dangerous (New York Times, July 15, 2016)

3 Singapore-based scientists linked to research fraud (The Straits Times, July 16, 2016)

Computer says: oops (The Economist, July 16, 2016)

We need to talk about the bad science being funded (The Conversation, July 18, 2016)

Dutch agency launches first grants programme dedicated to replication (Nature, July 20, 2016)

No tenure for German social psychologist accused of data manipulation (Science Magazine, July 21, 2016)

When Scientists Lie (Australian Broadcast Corporation, July 26, 2016)

A deep flaw has been discovered in thousands of neuroscience studies. So why aren’t neuroscientists freaking out? (Quartz, July 30, 2016)


Should science fraudsters have to serve jail time? (STAT, August 4, 2016)

This Is Why a Lot of Peer-Reviewed Research Is Wrong (Science Alert, August 12, 2016)

Solving the Piltdown Man Scientific Fraud (Scientific American, August 10, 2016)

The EpiPen, a Case Study in Health System Dysfunction (New York Times, August 23, 2016)

Stop ignoring misconduct (Nature, August, 31, 2016)

Stem-cell doctor did surgeries with ‘inadequate’ proof (Associated Press, August 31, 2016)


Whistleblower sues Duke, claims doctored data helped win $200 million in grants (Science Magazine, September 1, 2016)

Two Nobel judges fired over stem-cell doctor scandal (The Guardian, September 6, 2016)

Panel finds misconduct in rat paper by star surgeon Paolo Macchiarini (Science Magazine, September 9, 2016)

Why scientists must share their research code (Nature, September 13, 2016)

Cut-throat academia leads to ‘natural selection of bad science’, claims study (The Guardian, September 20, 2016)

University of Tokyo to investigate data manipulation charges against six prominent research groups (Science Magazine, September 20, 2016)

Psychologists fail to replicate well-known behaviour linked to learning (Nature, September 26, 2016)


‘Advocacy Research’ Discredits Science And Aids Unprincipled Activism (Forbes, October 5, 2016)

Transparency and Openness Promotion Guidelines (OSF Preprints, October 5, 2016)

Bringing image manipulation to light (Science Magazine, October 11, 2016)

Todai biomedical research fraud probe seen pointing to wider misconduct (The Japan Times, October 12, 2016)

What is Replication Crisis? (Popular Science, October 14, 2016)

Why is so much research dodgy? Blame the Research Excellence Framework (The Guardian, October 17, 2016)

Effect of facial expression on emotional state not replicated in multilab study (ScienceDaily, October 27, 2016)


Publisher pulls 58 articles by Iranian scientists over authorship manipulation (Nature, November 1, 2016)

Evidence of Fraud Discovered in 33 Medical Studies (Patch Media, November 11, 2016)

Probable scientific misconduct in bone health studies, new study suggests (Science Daily, November 9, 2016)

Tougher action needed in the fight against scientific fraud (, November 9, 2016)

‘Scientific fraud’: B.C. geologist pans data behind Flora Bank LNG approval (Vancouver Sun, November 6, 2016)

CDC Scientists Expose Agency Corruption (Children’s Health Defense, November 21, 2016)


Misconduct allegations fly in spat over paper on microplastics and fish larvae (Science Magazine, December 1, 2016)

Science’s spam epidemic (, December 2, 2016)

In Canada, case spurs concern over misconduct secrecy (Science Magazine, December 14, 2016)

Swiss survey highlights potential flaws in animal studies (Nature, December 20, 2016)

Top 10 Retractions of 2016 (The Scientist, December 21, 2016)