• a recommendation of appropriate methods for detection of improper data manipulation and establishment of reasonable and appropriate sanctions for violations of the guidelines in submitted research manuscripts.

As these are all issues that are of core concern and relevance to the broad scientific community, we believe that the impact of such a meeting would be greatly increased if it is conducted under the aegis of the NAS.

We are attaching the agenda we were developing as it spells out more specifically the range of topics that we were considering. Included is a list of scientific societies/journal editors that have expressed interest in working with us to tackle the issue of inappropriate data manipulation. If the NAS is interested in taking the lead, we are all available for consultation or participation in any way that you would find helpful. We do hope that the NAS will be interested in taking on this important task.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Monica Bradford

Executive Editor,


Katrina Kelner

Deputy Editor for Life Sciences,


Linda J. Miller

US Executive Editor,

Nature and the Nature research journals

Bernd Pulverer


Nature Cell Biology

Emilie Marcus


Cell, and

Executive Editor,

Cell Press

Orla Smith


Cell’s Leading Edge

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