The study, which investigated a microRNA’s links to autism, appears to contain duplicated and fabricated data, according to research integrity analysts. Those issues reflect a larger problem in the literature.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
In this edition, researchers sink a purported link between cerebellar volume and autism and buoy a theory about measuring social behaviors.
The “tortured phrases” — strangely worded paraphrases of established terms — may be the work of software that attempts to disguise plagiarism.
Previous Spectrum reporting called out this paper and several others — all on unrelated subjects — that mysteriously cite autism papers.
Tony Charman and Catherine Lord answer questions from Spectrum’s webinar on the Lancet Commission’s recommendations for autism research.
A failed replication and other problems led autism researcher Beth Stevens and her co-investigator to retract the nearly 10-year-old report.
Autism studies are appearing in the reference lists of entirely unrelated papers, suggesting what a few scholars worry is a plot to manipulate citations.