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Re: <nettime> Netizens expose scientific fraud in South Korea [2x]
Michael Guggenheim on Tue, 3 Jan 2006 21:13:25 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> Netizens expose scientific fraud in South Korea [2x]

Apart from everything that John Hopkins already pointed out, it is  
worth to mention, that if the net has played any specific role in  
this case whatsoever, it played also a role in the scandal to happen.  
And again it is a question of speed. Publication processes,  
especially if they deal with hot topics in the life sciences are  
getting faster, and especially, the transmission of results from the  
esoteric core of the scientists to a wider public, through mass  
media. Nowadays, it only takes a few days if not hours for hot  
results after they announced in scientific journals until they are  
published (sometimes, they are even announced without getting peer  
reviewed) in the mass media and the blogosphere. And only there it is  
possible that so much fuss is made about a fraud paper.

Michael Guggenheim

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