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The king of retractions has "fallen off my throne"! Are retractions caused by fraud or honest error? The Diederik Stapel case

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Speaker(s): Sharon Shriver - Assistant Director of Educational Programs, Office for research protections
When: Nov 21, 2013, 12:00 pm to 01:30 pm
Where: 102 Kern Graduate Building
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At 53 retractions and counting, Diederik Stapel can count himself among the elite in terms of high retraction counts. Stapel has admitted to committing fraud: “The cookie jar was on the table without a lid,” he says. Stapel’s fraud was extensive, and affected students, colleagues, and his research field of psychology. Are most retractions caused by deliberate, hand-in-the-cookie-jar misconduct? Or is Stapel just an extreme case, and most retractions are due to honest error and an effective, self-correcting system? Recent studies have addressed these questions, and we’ll look into the motivations behind some known fraudsters as well as more innocent causes of retractions.

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