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Fresh Misconduct Charges Hit Dutch Social Psychology

Science  09 May 2014:
Vol. 344, Issue 6184, pp. 566-567
DOI: 10.1126/science.344.6184.566

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Based on a statistical analysis of a published paper, a national research integrity panel in the Netherlands has found evidence of data manipulation in the work of Jens Förster, a social psychologist at the University of Amsterdam. It is the third affair in Dutch social psychology since 2011. Förster, who enjoys an excellent reputation in the field, denies the charges and says he feels "like the victim of an incredible witch hunt."

  • * Frank van Kolfschooten is a freelance science writer in Amsterdam and the author of two books about scientific misconduct in the Netherlands.