- Category: News
- Created on Monday, 25 June 2012 14:10
- Written by Amsterdam Herald
The university said it was withdrawing two articles by Dirk Smeesters because of concerns about the way data had been selected and presented in the publication.
It follows a wide-ranging investigation into the work of Dr Smeesters, who has been professor of consumer and society at Rotterdam School of Management since 2010.
In a statement, the university’s steering committee said it had found “irregularities” in the two articles.
It ruled Dr Smeesters’ research methods did not meet the standards of scientific integrity and accepted his resignation, which was tended last Thursday.
The statement said: “It concerns findings which are highly improbable in the statistical sense. The raw data that formed the basis for these articles was not longer available for inspection by third parties.
“The professor indicated that he had selected data in such a way that the intended effects were statistically significant.”
Dr Smeesters accepted findings of fraud concerning three other papers in which the “raw data and selection of data” could not be traced.
Last September Diederik Stapel, a lecturer at Tilburg University, was suspended for manipulating his research findings to make the outcomes appear more favourable.
A subsequent commission identified 26 articles and three dissertations that had been distorted by Stapel’s methods.
In November Don Poldermans was dismissed by the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam after it emerged he had made up material for his research papers and damaged patients’ trust.
An academic at UMC St. Radboud in Nijmegen was also dismissed for failing to collect reliable data from patients.