Netherlands Heart Journal

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 25–29 | Cite as

Fraud and misconduct in science: the stem cell seduction

Implications for the peer-review process
  • M. A. G. van der Heyden
  • T. van de Derks Ven
  • T. Opthof
special article


Scientific misconduct and fraud occur in science. The (anonymous) peer review process serves as goalkeeper of scientific quality rather than scientific integrity. In this brief paper we describe some limitations of the peer-review process. We describe the catastrophic facts of the ‘Woo-Suk Hwang fraud case’ and raise some ethical concerns about the issue. Finally, we pay attention to plagiarism, autoplagiarism and double publications. (Neth Heart J 2009;17:25-9.)

double publications fraud scientific misconduct peer review; plagiarism stem cell research 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. A. G. van der Heyden
    • 1
  • T. van de Derks Ven
  • T. Opthof
  1. 1.

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