Substandard research

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Tips tricks and resources for spotting research that is not up to standard, including tips on what you can do about it.

Sadly papers are often published that are not of good quality, it is worth checking if there are any comments by others in the field, PubPeer is a very useful way of doing this, and provides a browser extension for ( Chrome, IE, Firefox) that will notify you of such comments (where it can detect the details).

See also

For details of media and press release misconduct see: Information manipulation

Suggestions for additions to this page

Here you may add links or information from credible sources, examples of problems ‘in the wild’ screenshots etc. for our regular page editors to address, all information must be factual and based on evidence, anything without sufficient evidence will be deleted.

Screenshot of research ethics statement, sourced from Twitter
Screenshot of research ethics statement, sourced from Twitter

Instructions for editors of this page

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