UMC Utrecht paper retracted and replaced: “A shining example of scientific integrity”

dinsdag 18 april 2017

On the 8th of October 2014 the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) published a paper by a team of Dutch researchers which reported the findings of a large study looking at interventions to reduce antibiotic resistance in intensive care units. Two years later another group of researchers discovered a human error while analyzing the data for a different study.

After finding out their original results where faulty, the researchers of the original paper requested JAMA to remove and replace the paper with a new version. To its credit the journal agreed with the request.

Marc Bonten, co-chairman of the UMC Utrecht Infection and Immunity research program and one of the authors of the JAMA study, wrote about the series of events that took place after the discovery of the error in his blog. “The following story is not a fairy tale. It is ‘your worst nightmare’ for some, ‘recognition at last’ for others and an important lesson for all of us.”

Read more about the course of events here.

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