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Leibniz institute acts on misconduct

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The Leibniz Association has found Karl Lenhard Rudolph, director of the Leibniz Institute on Aging, guilty of scientific misconduct.

In a statement on 15 June, the association announced that its executive board had decided to take action against Rudolph and the institute for “insufficient quality control and inadequate supervision of researchers”. The executive board was responding to the findings of a review board set up in November 2016.

The review board did not find specific indications that Rudolph had fabricated or manipulated data. However, eight of 11 scientific publications it reviewed on which he was an author contained errors in data representation, including improper duplication of parts of images, unmarked edits and presentation of incorrect parts of images. In four publications, experiments were not sufficiently checked for reproducibility.

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