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the current record for fraudulent papers is held by anaesthesiologist Yoshitaka Fujii, with 172 faked articles.
Successive generations of scientists build upon theoretical foundations set by their predecessors. If those foundations are made of sand, though, then time and money will be wasted in the pursuit of ideas that simply aren't right.
since 1973, nearly a thousand biomedical papers have been retracted because someone cheated the system. That's a massive 67% of all biomedical retractions.
Nature reported that the rise in retraction rates has overtaken the rise in the number of papers being published.