Science fraud has been in the news again lately, and it got me thinking about whether it would be possible to fake data with no chance of getting caught. Would it be possible to carry out the perfect scientific crime? How can we help make life more difficult for fraudsters?
Here’s how fraudsters seem to get caught. There is usually a two stage process. Firstly, someone notices something suspicious about the published results. In the case of numerical results, the suspicious thing is o