Overview fraud in science
Yet another case of fraud in science. Former professor Mart Bax from the Free University in Amsterdam has been guilty of serious scientific misconduct, forgery and plagiarism for about twenty years. He is not the only scientist who flouts the rules. An overview of the most famous cases of the past two years. In September 2011 Tilburg University changed Professor Diederik Stapel's status to inactive. He used falsified data for his publications. Three committees examines his procedures and concluded he was guilty of fraud. Stapel committed fraud with at least 55 articles and ten chapters in books, making that the largest case of scientific fraud. Stapel, who worked in Tilburg as a professor of cognitive social psychology, settled with the court in June 2013. He agreed to 120 hours of community service for fraud. In addition, he waived the right to a number of benefits, representing about 1.5 year's salary.
A senior researcher at the University Medical Center St. Radboud in Nijmegen resigned in November 2011 after it came to light that his research was unverifiable and that he may have collected his data in an unacceptable way. The researcher, whose name was never published, did research on pain perception in patients.
Internal medicine and vascular physician Don Poldermans was fired on the spot in November 2011 by the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He had fiddled with data from patients. One in three patients mentioned in his studies did not even have their surgery Erasmus, reports an inquiry. Poldermans was known as a celebrity in the field of research into heart disease. He has published over 500 articles.
Dirk Smeesters, professor of consumer behavior at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, left in June 2012 because he cheated with research data. He published two articles with improbable results, and the data were no longer available for inspection. The articles were about the effects of color on human behavior.
A Belgian professor who was fired on the spot for fraud at home in March 2013 , appears to have been a guest lecturer at Leiden University. The biomedical scientist used animal research to study epilepsy. In the absence of the desired results, he made up his own.
The Leiden University Medical Center released a Belgian laboratory researcher in August 2013. The woman developed a test that could show specific antibodies in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. However, examination confirmed she manipulated the samples during the evening and overnight to get the desired results. She confessed and accepted her resignation. The LUMC withdrew two or her scientific publications. Her name was not disclosed.