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In reading the print edition of my letter to the editor, I discovered the direct quote, “Ginny Barbour, a senior editor with the PLoS group of journals, said one third of authors could not find the original data to back up figures in scientific papers when these were questioned,” lacked a reference. That reference can be found in the following Financial Times URL: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/bc6f7204-3d1f-11e1-8129-00144feabdc0.html?ftca.... The Financial Times report, dated 1/12/12, was titled, "Misconduct pervades UK research," and was authored by Clive Cookson, Science Editor.
Sorry for the omission.