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Image manipulation: We can tell when you're faking it.

Updated: Aug 31, 2023

In recent months it seems like hardly a day goes by without a story about scientific misconduct appearing in the mainstream news media, on industry blogs, or on social media. Scientific misconduct can take many forms, but the area that has garnered much attention is inappropriate image manipulation, a problem that in addition to questions of research ethics, drains time and resources from institutions, publishers, and referees that could be put to better use. But what constitutes image manipulation, what implications does it have for reproducibility and the integrity of the scientific record, and how can the research community combat it?

Akabana Consulting was commissioned by Maverick Publishing Specialists to write a white paper examining the current state of image manipulation in scholarly publishing. Read the online article here. A pdf version of the article is also available

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