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J Clin Invest. 2019 Mar 25;130. pii: 128380. doi: 10.1172/JCI128380. eCollection 2019 Mar 25.

Figure errors, sloppy science, and fraud: keeping eyes on your data.


Recent reports suggest that there has been an increase in the number of retractions and corrections of published articles due to post-publication detection of problematic data. Moreover, fraudulent data and sloppy science have long-term effects on the scientific literature and subsequent projects based on false and unreproducible claims. At the JCI, we have introduced several data screening checks for manuscripts prior to acceptance in an attempt to reduce the number of post-publication corrections and retractions, with the ultimate goal of increasing confidence in the papers we publish.

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