127 papers from India retracted for image duplication, manipulation

The searchable database of retracted papers launched by RetractionWatch shows 982 papers from India have been retracted so far. Of these, 330 have been retracted for plagiarism and, surprisingly, 118 papers for image duplication and/or manipulation. The number of papers retracted for image issues has suddenly increased since 2016, with 37 papers retracted in 2018 … Continue reading 127 papers from India retracted for image duplication, manipulation

CSIR sends a strong message to Indian scientists

In a rare and highly commendable move that has sent out a strong message to the Indian scientific community, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has dismissed a senior scientist working at the Chandigarh-based Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH) over serious charges of data fabrication in at least seven papers published in peer-reviewed journals. … Continue reading CSIR sends a strong message to Indian scientists

Editorial: A blot on Indian science

That getting papers published in scientific journals, reputable ones included, using manufactured data is virtually child’s play has been made painfully evident by a team of scientists at the Chandigarh-based Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), which functions under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. Three papers that the team published last year in the … Continue reading Editorial: A blot on Indian science

Duplication of images in stem cell papers spotted

After Hwang Woo Suk of Seoul National University plunged into ignominy for duplicating images and for other unethical practices in the June 2005 paper on stem cell study in the Science journal, image duplication has been quite regularly spotted in many other studies, particularly in stem cell research. After a few years of hiatus, instances … Continue reading Duplication of images in stem cell papers spotted

Editorial: Cheating science

Published in The Hindu on January 26, 2012 Ever since the disgraced South Korean stem cell researcher Hwang Woo-Suk's fraud in the papers retracted by Science in 2004 and 2005 brought the spotlight back on the malaise plaguing science, the number of researchers getting exposed for data falsification, fabrication, and plagiarism has been increasing. But … Continue reading Editorial: Cheating science

The future for Hwang Woo Suk does not look gloomy

Published in The Hindu on October 28, 2009 After becoming the pride of South Korea and gaining worldwide fame due to his ‘seminal’ work on human embryonic stem cell research published in Science in March 2004, the spectre of his past caught up with him and Hwang Woo Suk fell from the high pedestal in … Continue reading The future for Hwang Woo Suk does not look gloomy

Editorial: Setback to science

Published in The Hindu on November 9, 2009 The career of the disgraced South Korean stem cell researcher, Hwang Woo Suk, came to an intriguing end when a court handed down a two-year sentence (suspended for three years) for embezzling government money ($700,000) and buying human eggs for research in violation of bioethics law but … Continue reading Editorial: Setback to science

Hwang Woo Suk – down but not out

After becoming the pride of South Korea and gaining worldwide fame due to his `seminal' work on human embryonic stem cell research published in the journal  Science in March 2004, the spectre of his past caught up with him and Hwang Woo Suk fell from the high pedestal in less than one-and-half years. But such … Continue reading Hwang Woo Suk – down but not out

Celecoxib: a big research fraud stands exposed

Published in The Hindu on March 19, 2009 One of the biggest research frauds in recent times has come to light. At last count, 21 of the 72 papers published in various peer-reviewed medical journals by Dr. Scott S. Reuben, of the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S. have been found to contain fabricated … Continue reading Celecoxib: a big research fraud stands exposed

We won’t look at a paper for five years if there is any problem: Bruce Alberts

Professor Bruce Alberts is a biochemist par excellence. He has served in different capacities on a number of prestigious advisory and editorial boards. He has served as the President of the National Academy of Sciences for two terms from 1993 to 2005. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious journal Science since December 2007. … Continue reading We won’t look at a paper for five years if there is any problem: Bruce Alberts