The Impact of Fraudulent Research on the Scientific Literature: The Stephen E. Breuning Case
JAMA. 1990 Mar 9; 263(10): 1424-1426.
This study is an effort to determine what impact articles that report fraudulent data have on research. The authors evaluated citations to 20 publications by Stephen Breuning, who was convicted of scientific fraud in 1988. Breuning's work had a very high citation rate, but few authors who cited his research agreed with his findings or methods. Garfield and Welljams-Dorof argue that their data indicate that, in Breuning's case at least, fraudulent research is not influential in the field, and is shunned by authors once it is exposed. (KIE abstract)
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