B – Letters commenting on a case of fraud

Brandon, D. Santic, B. Reflections on the Schön affair. Physics World 2009;22(7):19.

Two separate letters commenting on this case of fraud. Brandon discusses earlier cases such as “Piltdown man” and the reasons for them but also points out that false accusations are not uncommon quoting a particular case that ruined a scientist’s career. Santic discusses the position of co-authors and suggests a categorization of co-authors into four phenomenological types: writer, worker, provider and leader, to help avoid some of the pitfalls of the Schön case.

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