Jonathan and Chris interview Dr. Elisabeth Bik, a science detective who has dedicated herself to identifying and reporting image duplications in the scientific literature that can be due to errors… or to fraud. This interview is part of a continuing series on bad science, including the special “Science Is a Human Enterprise” (part 1 and part 2) and the interview with Dr. Brian Nosek.
1:16 How Dr. Bik became a science detective
10:43 Music or no music?
11:10 Screening 20,000 papers for duplications
16:38 Speed versus accuracy in the age of COVID
17:41 The failures of peer review
21:37 Dr. Bik’s frustration
24:55 Justice League versus Paper Mill
34:33 Make a wish for a healthier science
39:27 Dr. Bik’s drinking game
43:02 How fraudsters may cheat automation in the future
46:05 Will the cockroaches scare the public?
* Theme music: "Troll of the Mountain Swing" by the Underscore Orkestra.
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1) Dr. Bik’s paper on screening 20,000 articles for duplications: https://mbio.asm.org/content/7/3/e00809-16
2) Dr. Bik on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MicrobiomDigest
3) Dr. Bik’s website: https://scienceintegritydigest.com/
4) PubPeer: https://pubpeer.com/