Academic Questions

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 392–401 | Cite as

Culpable Negligence at Science Magazine

  • Theodore Held

In June 2016, Oona Lönnstedt and Peter Eklöv published an article in Science magazine, the peer-reviewed academic journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Lönnstedt and Eklöv’s article was on how microplastic particles harm fish larvae. As soon as it was published, some of their colleagues at Sweden’s Uppsala University suspected that the research must have been fabricated. They accused the pair of research misconduct, and two investigations followed, the first by Uppsala University and the second by Sweden’s Central Ethical Review Board. In December 2016, Science published a letter of concern about Lönnstedt and Eklöv’s research. In April 2017, the CERB recommended that Lönnstedt and Eklöv retract their article; they did, and Scienceretracted the article in May 2017. In December 2017, a Board for Investigation of Misconduct in Research at Uppsala University found that Lönnstedt and Eklöv had committed research misconduct. In September 2017, the...

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  • Theodore Held
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