‘Fake research’ comes under scrutiny

Mar 27, 2017

By Helen Briggs

The scale of “fake research” in the UK appears to have been underestimated, a BBC investigation suggests.

Official data points to about 30 allegations of research misconduct between 2012 and 2015.

However, figures obtained by the BBC under Freedom of Information rules identified hundreds of allegations over a similar time period at 23 universities alone.

There are growing concerns around the world over research integrity.

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has begun an inquiry into the issue to reassure the public that robust systems are in place in the UK.

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3 comments on “‘Fake research’ comes under scrutiny

  • Fake science seems to be mainly generated by political or commercial inputs into funding or selection of investigators – or by those with hidden agendas cherry picking, glorifying, and promoting, unsound projects with failed procedures!

    I suspect we are going to see some fake science presented here:-


    . . . . . . and probably see some disingenuous posturing science illiterates claim real science is “fake”!

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  • @#1 – Fake science seems to be mainly generated by political or commercial inputs


    A senior researcher has accused the UK government of using “fake science” to justify its policy of culling badgers to control cattle TB.

    Prof Rosie Woodroffe has told BBC News that ministers were creating an “illusion” of success to justify the policy.

    She was speaking ahead of a scientific symposium on controlling cattle TB.

    Ministers say their approach is supported by government scientists and leading vets.

    Prof Woodroffe, a wildlife expert at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) who carried out the scientific assessment of culling badgers to control Cattle TB on which the current policy is based, said the government risked losing trust on how it used evidence – not just on its policy on controlling cattle TB but also on other important scientific issues.

    “When evidence is being cherry-picked and presented in the best possible light, it ceases to be evidence. It is fake science.

    So politicians seem to have been denounced once again, by the researchers whose reports have been cherry picked to pervert conclusions so that they appear in popular media news items to support lame political policies!

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  • When the Trump administration makes allegations about fake news and fake science, it really does show how lame their claims are, when Spicer, making public statements on sensitive international issues, CANNOT EVEN RESEARCH BASIC, ON THE RECORD HISTORY, ABOUT HITLER, which is readily available in numerous encyclopaedias and text books – let alone evaluate investigative scientific research!
    Those “alternative facts”, just keep pouring out of the white House!

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