In DepthScientific Misconduct

China cracks down on fraud

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Science  04 Aug 2017:
Vol. 357, Issue 6350, pp. 435
DOI: 10.1126/science.357.6350.435

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In a sign that China is getting serious about cracking down on fraudulent papers, Chinese government officials last week announced that more than 400 researchers listed as authors on some 100 now-retracted papers face disciplinary action because their misconduct has seriously damaged China's scientific reputation. The journal Tumor Biology retracted the papers en masse last April after uncovering a peer-review scam. Penalties will be decided on a case-by-case basis. But some institutions have already barred scientists linked to the fraud from pursuing their research—at least temporarily. Government ministries have also announced new "zero tolerance" policies aimed at stamping out research fraud.