Wednesday 22 September 2021

Erasmus professor quits following research fraud claims

An Erasmus University professor has resigned and two of his articles in academic journals have been withdrawn following suspected fraud, according to media reports on Monday.

Direk Smeesters, professor of consumer behaviour and society, has resigned after doubts were raised about his academic integrity, the Volkskrant reported on Monday.
The two articles which have been withdrawn contain statistical results considered to be extremely unlikely and the data on which they are based is ‘no longer available’, the paper said.
The university said Smeesters had admitted ‘selecting the data to emphasise its statistical significance.
Last year two other professors were forced to stand down for fiddling with research results.
Erasmus University sacked a professor in cardio-vascular medicine for damaging the institution’s academic integrity and for ‘scientific misconduct’. In particular, Don Poldermans failed to obtain patient consent for carrying out research and recorded results ‘which cannot be resolved to patient information,’ the university said.
And Tilburg and Groningen universities said they planned to take legal action against behavioural science professor Diederik Stapel after an investigation showed he had faked research data in at least 30 scientific papers.

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