Indian Journal of Dental Research

: 2015  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 339-

Self-reporting of improper data interpretation

SM Balaji 
 Director and Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, Teynampet, Chennai, India

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S M Balaji
Director and Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, Teynampet, Chennai

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Balaji S M. Self-reporting of improper data interpretation.Indian J Dent Res 2015;26:339-339

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Scientific misconduct is said to be increasingly detected in the biomedical literature.[1] At the same time, the ever conscious and upright researchers are also being admitted to report their inadvertent mistakes of interpretation of data and results. This is of vital importance because the understanding of the results could drastically influence the way medicine is being practiced. Very recently, an article regarding a potential use of a blood pressure drug that could potentially help patients to increase their physical fitness was identified with certain issues, which was discovered during internal discussion and repetition of the statistics. They immediately issued their concern and requested a voluntarily retraction of their manuscripts.[2]

I feel this truly reflects the scientific spirit of the “free” and “modern” researcher - to be in continuous quest of knowledge, to know the unknown but in a straight path. When an error is noted, it is a must that the error must be notified to the community and it is the community that should take an informed decision of the same. The authors need to be congratulated for changing their views and taking actions. I sincerely hope the world is full of authors and co-authors that have such a view.

We should be encouraging strong ethical values of research into our young students so that they bloom into ethical researchers. This becomes an integral part of our responsibility. To achieve this, the International Association for Dental Research has initiated the Student Training And Research network.[3] There has been a continuous program under this project that would help to train better researchers. I hope the research community takes note of this project and utilize the same for the benefit of the researchers at a large scale.


1Balaji SM. Scientific misconduct. Indian J Dent Res 2015;26:1.
2Ahimastos AA, Askew C, Leicht A, Pappas E, Blombery P, Reid CM, et al. Notice of Retraction: Ahimastos AA, et al. Effect of ramipril on walking times and quality of life among patients with peripheral artery disease and intermittent claudication: A randomized controlled trial. JAMA 2013;309:453-60.
3Balaji SM. Improving by STAR network. Indian J Dent Res 2014;25:278.