Just how rampant is scientific misconduct? In episode 51, Elisabeth Bik talks with us about her research suggesting that as many as 35,000 papers in biomedicine journals may be candidates for retraction due to inappropriate image duplication. Her open-access article, “Analysis and Correction of Inappropriate Image Duplication: the Molecular and Cellular Biology Experience” was published on September 28, 2018 with Ferric Fang, Amy Kullas, Roger Davis, and Arturo Casadevall in Molecular and Cellular Biology. 

Double Trouble - Elisabeth Bik
Double Trouble - Elisabeth Bik
Double Trouble - Elisabeth Bik Double Trouble - Elisabeth Bik
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Ryan Watkins & Doug Leigh

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Watkins, R., Leigh, D., & M. Bik, E.. (2019, June 15). Parsing Science – Double Trouble (Version 1). figshare. doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.8279714


What’s The Angle? by Shane Ivers


Elisabeth Bik: I think one of the things that I try to accomplish is making people aware that science — as in any other profession — has a dark side.

Ryan Watkins: This is Parsing Science. The unpublished stories behind the world’s most compelling science as told by the researchers themselves. I’m Ryan Watkins…

Doug Leigh: And I’m Doug Leigh. The well-known aphorism that “there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics” is often ⁠— and erroneously ⁠— attributed to Mark Twain. But whatever its origin, no one in the 19th century could have foreseen the advances in biomedicine that have occurred since Twain’s time, nor the unethical behavior that has accompanied some of it. Today, in episode 51 of Parsing Science, we’re joined by Elisabeth Bik who’ll discuss her research suggesting that as many as 35,000 papers in biomedicine are candidates for retraction due to scientific misconduct. Here’s Elise Bik.

Bik: Hi! My name is Elisabeth Bik, I am a microbiologist, I grew up in the Netherlands, and did my PhD there, and I moved to the US in 2001, and started to work at Stanford University, again in microbiology. But around 2013 14 or so, I started to become more interested in science misconduct, and that became my strange hobby, and so I actually quit my job, and now I want to focus this next year on doing more searches, and just basically taking a sabbatical and looking for more cases of image misconduct. So nowadays it’s my full-time job.

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