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How about a large financial prize for uncovering shoddy or fraudulent research? This would at least give incentive to researchers who merely try to reproduce a result and incentive for high quality research.

When I worked with Computer Science researchers there was always this mad scramble right before a major paper submission date. They were desperate to get publishable results by the deadline. They would be madly "fixing" bugs until they got the results they needed.

My proposal would be that a researchers grant money is reclaimed (100%) and given in part (10%) to the researcher that finds it shoddy or fraudulent.






My proposal would be that a researchers grant money is reclaimed (100%) and given in part (10%) to the researcher that finds it shoddy or fraudulent.

You would probably need an army of lawyers for that, as there are no clear rules for deciding what makes the research "shoddy". Even Einstein papers on General Relativity had bugs in them.
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