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Finding the truth in science


In a ‘publish or perish’ culture, some scientists may resort to questionable research practices or even fraud. Scientific paper mills and artificial intelligence increasingly threaten the pursuit of truth in science. Structural changes, including heightened scrutiny of papers and authorship and better funding, are needed to ensure scientific integrity.

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E.M.B. is an independent consultant who has received payments from scientific publishers and institutions to investigate particular cases of research misconduct, or for giving talks and workshops about research integrity and misconduct. In addition, she receives donations to support her work through

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Bik, E.M. Finding the truth in science. Nat Rev Cancer (2024).

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