8 ways to be a scientific cheater

8 ways to be a scientific cheater
He faked the data in over 
200 published scientific papers.

From Ars Technica:

Dr. Yoshitaka Fujii seems well on his way to becoming the patron saint of scientific fraudsters, setting a record for the most extensive output of fake data. As near as anyone can work out, Fujii started making up data with abandon some time in the 1990s. By 2000, his fellow researchers were already on to him, publishing a comment in which they noted, "We became skeptical when we realized that side effects were almost always identical in all groups."

Writer John Timmer explains Dr. Fujii’s 8 principles so you can use them to fake your own scientific data:

  1. If you fake your data, make sure it’s data that nobody ever expects to see.
  2. Have lots of collaborators, so everyone could have supplied the data.
  3. Don’t be controversial. Avoid too much scrutiny! Fake it under the radar.
  4. Don’t publish research that anyone would care about repeating. (Because if they repeat it, of course, they’ll never get your results.)
  5. Publish in scientific journals that aren’t in your field, so your work will be reviewed by people who aren’t experts.
  6. Publish everywhere, and get funding from multiple sources. That way, any investigation will have to involve multiple groups, so an investigation may never take place. ("You fund the investigation." "No, you fund it.")
  7. Don’t plagiarize. There are too many tools available to detect plagiarism. Again, no scrutiny!
  8. Don’t duplicate your images. Stupid scientists have been caught because they used the same graphs in different papers. Be a smart fraudster!

Epic fraud: How to succeed in science (without doing any). Envy those who succeed by making up their data? Here’s how you can, too! Ars Technica>>

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