Bogus research may be forgotten, its perpetrators
disgraced or dead, but tainted writings endure. As Mallon
(1989) wrote, “To put one’s theft into print is to have it
forever on the library shelves, guiltily stacked just an
aisle away from the volume it victimized, a stain that
doesn’t wash but forever circulates.”
In 1997, Altman and I wrote, “Unfortunately, the
mechanisms for notifying purchasers [and users] of
bogus, falsified, and simply erroneous publications are
even weaker than the mechanisms for detecting them.”
Has this situation changed?