Checking out what good science really means is usually a serious and revealing business (sometimes a distressing one), but then there’s this from Retraction Watch:
Microchimica Acta has retracted a paper about water-soluble quantum dots after the authors couldn’t provide back-up for a figure that contained signs of manipulation. The reason, the editor told us: The corresponding author said the raw data were lost in a flood in Sri Lanka.
The paper has been cited 19 times, according to Thomson Reuters Web of Science.
As the goldfish said, Glub glub glub
We’ve seen a similar explanation for lost data before — see Lost your data? Blame an earthquake. More.
And it’s not as though the cloud or .pdf have been invented yet.
See also: Replication crisis: Neuroskeptic on foxes guarding the henhouse
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