Editor Justin Stebbing of Imperial College/Imperial Healthcare NHS and Purdue University’s David Sanders wrote the piece.
Below are a few they often encounter:
- “‘Nothing to see here. Move along.’ This excuse comes from authors who can’t stop denying there are problems with their paper, even in the face of overwhelming evidence.”
- “‘My dog ate the data.’ The ‘missing data’ excuse makes more sense once a significant amount of time has passed since the paper was published, Stebbing and Sanders write.”
- “‘If you look hard enough, you can find a trivial difference between two supposedly duplicated images.’ Um, not really, say Stebbing and Sanders — image processing can introduce artifacts, for instance. And even if there are minor differences, how can images with distinct origins be so similar?”