Researcher suing PubPeer was found culpable of misconduct, court documents show

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 24 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6337
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

A researcher who is suing the website PubPeer in order to unmask anonymous commentators who questioned his research integrity had previously been found to have engaged in “widespread research misconduct” by investigators from Wayne State University, his former employer.

The report into the conduct of Fazlul Sarkar was obtained under a freedom of information request from the university by lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union, who are representing PubPeer in the case. They are seeking to introduce it as evidence and have published it online.1

Sarkar “engaged in and permitted (and tacitly encouraged) intentional and knowing fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism …

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