If retractions are good for science, there should be some benefit for doing the work to uncover the problem and force the retraction

by Andrew Gelman on July 13, 2012 · 1 comment

in Academia

Discussion here (see also Basbøll comment).

I don’t actually know of any cases of data faking in political science and, Frank Fischer aside, our field doesn’t seem to have much of a problem with plagiarism copying big blocks of text (with minor modifications) from others’ writings without attribution. But I know that some of you are interested in general questions about research integrity and so these stories and reflections might interest you.

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Burhan December 21, 2012 at 9:10 am

If someone is skpeitcal of social science, to convince them of its worth you’d need an example of a theory in social science that is successful on both the terms of the physical sciences and the social sciences, rather than one that’s successful only on its own terms. Are there any?

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