Thursday, November 3, 2011

Academic Fraud by Dutch Researcher

Ships in the Road/Willem van de Velde the younger
The New York Times reports about the academic fraud by noted Dutch psychologist, Diederik Stapel at Tilburg University.

"The psychologist, Diederik Stapel, committed academic fraud in “several dozen” published papers, many accepted in respected journals and reported in the news media, according to a report released on Monday by the three Dutch institutions where he has worked..."

This seems to be the latest example of increased academic fraud and plagiarism. Jonathan Schooler, a psychologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara is quoted in this report saying:

“The big problem is that the culture is such that researchers spin their work in a way that tells a prettier story than what they really found. It’s almost like everyone is on steroids, and to compete you have to take steroids as well.” read more

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