MUST READ: This article by William Meacham, “The amazing Dr Kouznetsov,” in Antiquity is a must read:
Here is a story to strike a chill of anxiety into the hearts of editors and their peer-reviewers. Do we, should we, need we check our submissions with greater rigour?
Keywords: Ireland, conservation, creationism, medieval, textiles, Turin Shroud
It is rare in scientific fraud to find a repeat offender. Once exposed, the perpetrator usually slinks off into oblivion. Yet the case of a low-level Russian microbiologist, working in the Moscow City Station for Sanitation and Epidemiology, reveals an extraordinary resilience: he was able to put himself in the international limelight no less than three times, twice even after being discovered in flagrante delicto. His final act was a spectacular fraud performed on a prominent British journal, involving false claims about archaeological samples not from some remote corner of the former Soviet Union, but from the Republic of Ireland.
But, it may not be his final act. Check back for more information soon.
READ FULL ARTICLE HERE: The amazing Dr Kouznetsov | Antiquity
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