Dutch psychologist Dr. Diederik Stapel has recently admitted: “I have failed as a scientist and researcher,” as a committee recently found significant issues of false reports, faked experiments, and phony data in dozens of his papers, according to a New York Times article from today.
What I particularly find interesting is that these dozens of articles were published in a variety of highly recognized, established, and even prestigious international journals, supposedly “peer-reviewed” by scholars and editors.
My question: who is to blame? Is Stapel at fault for committing such fraud over such an extended period of time, in numerous publicly published articles? Or are the reviewers of the articles to blame, as they failed to find fault with them. (“I find no fault in the man.”) Because of his actions, the world of psychology has been turned upside-down; but it will certainly come out for the better as a result. Should Stapel be penalized, when in actuality, he exposed a critical flaw in the system?
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