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You Want to See My Data? I Thought We Were Friends!

The trouble with academia.

Happy Holidays. This week we are reprinting our top stories of 2020. This article first appeared online in our Facts So Romantic…By Stuart Ritchie & Zach Weinersmith

Happy Holidays. This week we are reprinting our top stories of 2020. This article first appeared online in our Facts So Romantic blog in July, 2020.


Stuart Ritchie is a lecturer in the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King’s College London. His new book, Science Fictions: How Fraud, Bias, Negligence and Hype Undermine the Search for Truth, explains the ideas in this comic, by Zach Weinersmith, in more detail, telling shocking stories of scientific error and misconduct. It also proposes an abundance of ideas for how to rescue science from its current malaise.

Stuart Ritchie is a Lecturer in the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King’s College London. He is the author of the new book Science Fictions, which documents how fraud, bias, negligence, and hype are rife in science. Science Fictions proposes an abundance of ideas for how to rescue science from its current malaise.

Zach Weinersmith is an illustrator, writer, producer, and creator of the webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. He is co-creator of books that include Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything, and Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration.

Why Garbage Science Gets Published

In December 2014, the publisher Scientific Research issued a retraction notice for a paper that had appeared in its journal Health with the anodyne title “Basic Principles Underlying Human Physiology.” According to the notice, the action resulted from “the fact...READ MORE

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