Investigation of misconduct in research: Study of fishes’ consumption of plastic

In June 2016 a scientific article was published in the journal Science describing how fish in early developmental stages consume microplastics. The study gained significant attention but was reported for misconduct in research by another group of researchers.

On 6 December Uppsala University took a decision in the matter.

Article: Lönnstedt O.M., Eklöv P. 2016 Environmentally relevant concentrations of microplastic particles influence larval fish ecology. Science (doi: 10.1126/science.aad8828)

Guidelines: Since autumn 2016, Uppsala University has had new guidelines for the investigation of misconduct in research. This case is being handled according to the previous guidelines from 2010: Regulations about the procedure in case of a person being accused of scientific misconduct UFV 2010/664


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