Fake science: British universities publish fake studies

Fake science: British universities publish fake studies

British universities publish a lot more fake studies than expected. According to a survey by the BBC.

According to official figures, there have been between 2012 and 2015 thirty allegations of fraud such as falsifying research or plagiarism.

The BBC claims based on figures obtained by WOB requests that it involves hundreds of allegations.


The figures show that 23 of the 24 UK universities that are linked to the prestigious Russell Group process at least to have received 300 allegations of fraud between 2011 and 2016.

The actual number is probably much higher because many universities did not provide any data.

Over 30 published papers had to be withdrawn. A British government committee has launched an investigation.

Taking care

The chairman of the commission, Stephen Metcalfe, said that they include investigate why there are so few official data on scientific misconduct.

Worldwide, there are growing concerns about the integrity of scientific research.

No fraction

Researchers are under intense pressure to publish their work and to secure funding. In the past 10 years the number of withdrawn studies tenfold.

“Universities and supervisors report no fraction of the actual number of cases of fraud,” said the co-founder of Retraction Watch Dr. Ivan Oransky.