Language of a liar named Stapel: Can word choice be used to identify scientific fraud?

Do journals have the same tool these researchers used? As long as the false-positive rate is not too high, the journals can use this as a screening method for evaluation of manuscripts prior to sending it out for peer-review?

Retraction Watch

stapel_npcA pair of Cornell researchers have analyzed the works of fraudster Diederik Stapel and found linguistic tics that stand out in his fabricated articles.

David Markowitz and Jeffrey Hancock looked at 49 of the Dutch social psychologist’s papers — 24 of which included falsified data. (Stapel has lost 54 papers so far.)

According to the abstract for the article, “Linguistic Traces of a Scientific Fraud: The Case of Diederik Stapel,” which appeared in PLoS ONE:

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Oh, the irony: Paper on “Ethics and Integrity of the Publishing Process” retracted for duplication

Retraction Watch

manage org review In a case whose irony is not lost on those involved, an article about publishing ethics has been retracted because one of the authors re-used material he’d written for an earlier piece. But the authors and the journal’s editors have turned the episode into a learning opportunity.

Here’s the notice for “Ethics and Integrity of the Publishing Process: Myths, Facts, and a Roadmap,” published in 2011 by Marshall Schminke and Maureen L. Ambrose:

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TBI – Mechanism and Implications

Wonderfully stated. This has to be on the forefront of every neuroscientist’s mind.


Head injury in the military

photo of soldier in combat gear 80% of Traumatic Brain Injury among the military occur during training

In an excellent article on research being done to address Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in the military, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch presents efforts being made to identify the extent of the problem.

According to researchers there are four kinds of TBI — mild, moderate, severe and penetrating. Since 2000, nearly 300,000 active-duty military personnel have been diagnosed with TBI.

It wasn’t until 2008 that the Department of Defense began to enforce a police of mandatory post-deployment screenings for TBI; and then, in 2010, a mandate for across the board screenings of all personnel exposed to a blast within 50 meters was enforced. The

TBI graphic

numbers are truly alarming. Yet these numbers mark hope for these soldiers whose performance is impacted post-injury and whose lives as veterans are impacted negatively, both at work and at home.

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Political Theater

Is it a big deal if the Dems lose the 2014 elections badly – very badly. Republicans have a super majority in the Senate and of course they will win the House. Is it really a bad thing for the future of the Democratic Party.
Whats going to happen with a Republican majority – the ACA will be repealed, KXL will be built, there will be more bills that promote war, there will be many anti social equality bills, everyone will get tax breaks, there will be no minimum wage (not hike, no minimum wage at all) and many other things the party stands for; probably even repealing Roe v Wade. If you are someone who values social equality, climate change, and other government policies, this is a terrible thing to happen. Is it really going to happen?

One thing politicians love is to be in politics. One thing that keeps them in politics is their ability to shrewdly maneuver the public regarding what they stand for. I, for one, naively maybe, believe that none of this will happen. Not because of some veto threat and the possibility of a legislative standstill for two years. But the fact that as a party they wouldn’t want to be wiped out of politics. They would never put their political future at stake by venturing into all of these issues. If they do, they know very well the Democrats will be in the WH for the next decade or so. The Republicans would want nothing like this to happen. They will ensure no stupid legislation is passed either.

2014 is wonderful political theater. I have my popcorn ready.

That’s not good.

Is there really a huge difference between someone “doing you a favor” and someone “helping you” when it comes to climbing the career ladder.
I don’t like favors. I don’t like asking for them. I will gladly do it when someone genuinely has an issue and needs something done for them; without asking for anything in return. But that’s just me.