The professor who duped academic journals into publishing fake articles has now been banned by Portland State University from conducting any university-sponsored research and threatened with an administrative review for his “questionable ethical behavior.”
Peter Boghossian made headlines in 2018 after he and two other researchers set out to prove a point about the integrity of ‘peer-reviewed’ academic publications by submitting several bogus studies, including an analysis of ‘culture. dog rape ”and an article that was simply a section of Hitler’s Mein Kampf has been reworked to include a handful of academic buzzwords.
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After seven of the team’s bogus submissions were accepted and published by reputable academic journals, a Campus reform The investigation led the editor of the infamous Portland article on “Rape Culture in Dog Parks” to question the origins of the submission. This ultimately revealed the article as part of a larger effort by Boghossian and his team to demonstrate the shortcomings of these publications.
After his experience, the state of Portland threatened Boghossian with disciplinary action, accusing him of research misconduct. The school claimed that Boghossian conducted research on human subjects in an unethical manner with his experiment. According to the school’s Institutional Review Board, Boghossian should have obtained “informed consent” from those reviewing his hoax articles for his actions to be considered ethical.
The IRB has carried out several reviews of Boghossian’s work regarding his treatment of animal subjects, human subjects and the possibility of “plagiarism, fabrication and forgery”.
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On July 17, the university sent Boghossian a letter informing him that he is now prohibited from carrying out any “research relating to human subjects”, as well as any research sponsored by the university.
Boghossian is prohibited from conducting research until he “can show satisfactory evidence of an understanding of the protections afforded to human subjects”, by completing a training course in the “protection of human subjects” and meeting through the following the Assistant Vice-President for Research Administration to “ensure [his] agreement.”
The letter, sent by the vice president of research and graduate studies Mark McLellan, also warns Boghossian that the president of the university, as well as his department head, dean and dean, will be informed of his “lack of integrity. academic “and” questionable “. ethical behavior. ”
McLellan then encouraged Boghossian’s superiors to perform “an appropriate academic and / or administrative assessment”.
In a statement to Campus reform, Boghossian said he had “not yet had time to process this,” noting that he was busy recording an upcoming audiobook.
“I am incredibly grateful for the thousands and thousands of letters of support sent to PSU on my behalf,” Boghossian added, referring to the hundreds of letters from students, professors and other academics around the world who expressed their support for the PSU teacher. , on which Campus reform reported exclusively.
McLellan, in a statement to Campus reform, said that “personnel matters are confidential under Portland State University policy and Oregon law. This includes communication from university officials to the assistant professor of philosophy, Dr. Peter Boghossian. “
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