San Diego's Tough Stand on Research Fraud
Science. 1986 Oct 31; 234(4776): 534-535.
Robert Slutsky, a researcher at the medical school of the University of California at San Diego, fabricated cardioradiological research data, and was exposed when a senior researcher compared published papers. Two nondepartmental committees determined that 13 papers were fraudulent while 55 others were of questionable validity. Coauthors, many of whom had been listed as a courtesy or a favor, were asked to defend their work, and the whole issue of emphasis on publications was examined. The failure of senior staff to catch the fraud earlier and the failure of fellows and assistants to alert higher-ups were also reported. Recommendations made concerning peer review focused on quality, contribution of coauthors, and development of guidelines for supervision of trainees and standards of production. (KIE abstract)