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If you’ve ever fretted over how to cite a text or awaited in trepidation the results of a plagiarism checker, chances are you cannot even begin to imagine the blatant disregard a relative few in academia have for the facts or for giving credit where credit is due.
It’s the honesty, integrity, and incredulity of the majority in academia and/or the scientific research community that has allowed the brazen to profit and even become tenured. The very idea these fraudsters are rewarded with lucrative grants and positions is galling in and of itself, but it far more sickening to realize that their crimes become part of the scientific record.
And up until recently there was little recourse for the plagiarized or the defrauded — that’s until Retraction Watch coalesced a movement to out these scholarly scofflaws.
“The seamier side of academia, lying, cheating and occasionally stealing, this is the world revealed by a blog which, by all rights, should be dry and boring, like its name, ‘Retraction Watch.’” — Fred Barbash in the Washington Post.
Article on Retraction Watch in the NYT: Science, Now Under Scrutiny Itself