News of the WeekBELL LABS INQUIRY

Physicists Question Safeguards, Ponder Their Next Moves

Science  31 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5573, pp. 1584-1585
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5573.1584

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Summary

Recent revelations about questionable data in a handful of papers by Bell Labs physicist Jan Hendrik Schön and colleagues continued to reverberate throughout the condensed matter physics community last week. Researchers both inside and outside Bell Labs are asking whether formal peer review at journals and an informal review system at Bell Labs should have raised concerns earlier. And several teams have already begun to scale back efforts to extend the pioneering work that is now in doubt.

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