Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Chinese studies now to be taken with a ton of salt

It's worse than I thought. The problem of publication bias in China is nothing compared to this
Ghostwriting, plagiarizing or faking results is so rampant in Chinese academia that some experts worry it could hinder China's efforts to become a leader in science.


"Academic fraud, misconduct and ethical violations are very common in China," said professor Rao Yi, dean of the life sciences school at Peking University in the capital. "It is a big problem."


Fang Shimin, an independent investigator of fraud, said he and his volunteers expose about a hundred cases every year, publicizing them on a Web site titled "New Threads." "The most common ones are plagiarism and exaggerating academic achievement," Fang said.

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