Swedish plastics study fabricated, panel finds

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Science  15 Dec 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6369, pp. 1367
DOI: 10.1126/science.358.6369.1367

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On 7 December, Uppsala University in Sweden released a long-awaited report by its Board for Investigation of Misconduct in Research, which investigated a high-profile paper about the effects of microplastics on fish, published in Science in June 2016. The panel found that the paper's first author, Oona Lönnstedt, committed misconduct by fabricating data in the paper; her lone co-author and supervisor, Peter Eklöv, bears responsibility for the fabrication as well, the board said, but was not guilty of misconduct under the regulations in effect when the paper was published. The investigation, the third and most damning one into case, also found both researchers guilty of misconduct for not obtaining a permit from an ethics review panel for their studies.