Researchers behaving badly

Researchers behaving badly

Principal speaker

Professor David Vaux


Researchers behaving badly


One million new papers appear in PubMed every year, but according to John Ioannidis and Glenn Begley, the conclusions of 50% to 90% will be wrong. For science to progress efficiently, errors in the scientific literature, whether accidental or deliberate, need to be corrected. In this talk I'll give some tips on how to spot papers that should be discarded, and suggest ways to try to have papers corrected. Unlike 21 European countries, the US, UK, Canada, Japan, and China, Australia lacks a national body to handle concerns of possible research misconduct, but is instead self-regulated, the system until recently replied upon by the Church and Australian financial institutions. To enhance the confidence researchers and the public have in the integrity of Australian science, Australia also needs a national office for research integrity.


David Vaux is Deputy Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. He obtained a medical degree from the University of Melbourne, and then a PhD from WEHI. His research is focussed on the molecular mechanisms by which cells kill themselves, and he has a growing interest in improving the quality of published research. He is a member of the Center for Scientific Integrity, which act as the board of Retraction Watch.


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