Case of the Month
Case 8: February 2016
Dr. Xiong and two of his students were recently pleased to have some of their research accepted for publication in the journal Nature. Unfortunately, two months after the paper was published, it came to Dr. Xiong’s attention that one of the students had falsified the data for a key experiment described in the paper. Dr. Xiong quickly repeated the experiment with the help of the second student and was relieved to see that the finding they had reported was in fact correct.
- Should Dr. Xiong retract the paper because it is based on falsified research, even though he was able to verify its findings?
- What if Dr. Xiong discovered that the findings were incorrect, but the work was not falsified?
- More generally, should publications be retracted if they are found to be wrong?
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