Five minutes with . . . Ivan Oransky

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 27 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4134

The cofounder of Retraction Watch says that the stories behind scientific misconduct are too good to miss

“Retraction Watch got started the year after my cofounder, Adam Marcus, broke a big story about Scott Reuben, an anaesthesiologist who ended up going to jail—technically for healthcare fraud but really for scientific misconduct. He did research on Celebrex and pain control, but in more than 20 studies he made up patients.

“I’d always found retractions to be a good source of stories. One of the big reasons we launched Retraction Watch is because we saw so many retraction notices that were unclear. It’s partly because scientists “lawyer up” but also because journals don’t tell the whole story. Sometimes the whole notice is, ‘This article …

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