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BMJ nurtures spoof publication

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6999.262 (Published 22 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:262
  1. Tim Owen
  1. General practitioner Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 8QA

    EDITOR,--I am pleased to read that the time has come for Britain to abandon its lax approach to scientific fraud.1 Perhaps the BMJ could set an example. In the past it has published spoof articles on April fool's day. It was a bit more restrained in the issue published on April fool's day this year, limiting itself to a small spoof letter. Such submissions are actively sought by the BMJ. In the past it has published a large article on pig sticking injuries, which was not genuine in terms of scientific validity. Is this fraud somehow more acceptable if done for reasons of humour rather than self advancement?

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