The University of Münster in Germany shows with a good example how to act on evidence of data manipulation. Neuroscientist Andreas Püschel has been found guilty of research misconduct. It was once again about a paper authored by his former PhD student and now Luxembourg stem cell researcher, Jens Schwamborn.
“Publishing in natural sciences proceeds under structures similar to the mafia. Professors exploit the creativity of their subordinates. Predatory authorship increases the number of authors. This leads to a loss of scientific quality and destroys trust in science.”
EuroImmun is a German diagnostics biotech, founded by the most charming Professor Stöcker and recently sold to PerkinElmer. Elisabeth Bik checked some of company’s papers, many coauthored by Stöcker himself, and she raised questions. The company says this “testifies to a lack of knowledge of the matter”.