Japanese Institute To Check 20,000 Published Papers For Irregularities

It's the science scandal that keeps on giving. After Japanese researchers came under scrutiny for questionable data and duplicated images, the RIKEN institute is asking lab and research group leaders to check all of their previous publications for plagiarism and doctored images.

This is still a developing story. A couple of weeks ago, RIKEN announced it was investigating allegations of image manipulation in papers published by Shunsuke Ishii who resigned as chair of the investigating committee on 25 April. More questions emerged last week about research papers published by three more members of a RIKEN committee — a committee set with the task of investigating the two questionable Nature papers.

Now, as ScienceInsider reports, RIKEN President Ryoji Noyori has asked all laboratory and research group leaders to check all of their previous publications for doctored images and plagiarism. This could involve at least 20,000 publications! There's been no indication as to when these reviews will be completed.

Guessing it's going to take a while.

[ h/t ScienceInsider ]

Image: Reuters.