Interesting discussion of fraud vs. unwitting error+Dave Nussbaum
has written an interesting commentary on the Stapel fraud case and recent coverage of it in the NY Times
. The fascinating Times
profile of Stapel (http://goo.gl/unhPt
) implied that there is a continuum from the sort of fraud Stapel committed (making up data for dozens of papers) and the questionable research practices that many researchers either knowingly or unwittingly engage in. Read the comment section as well -- lots of insightful thoughts from people like Chris Chambers, +Rolf Zwaan
, +Sanjay Srivastava
, Neuroskeptic, and others.
I particularly liked the idea that, once you know about questionable research practices (e.g., p-hacking, omitting inconsistent data points, etc), continuing to engage in them shifts your behavior onto the Stapel continuum (on the opposite end of it from Stapel, of course). You then are personally responsible for your actions and can't blame them on the field as a whole -- you own
your bad practices.