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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?

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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

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manage org review In a case whose irony is not lost on those involved, an article about publishing ethics has been retracted because one of the authors re-used material he’d written for an earlier piece.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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