AMSTERDAM—Statistical experts at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in the Netherlands have dealt another blow to the reputation of disgraced German social psychologist Jens Förster, who worked at the university between 2007 and 2014. An investigative panel has found “strong evidence for low veracity” of the results in eight of Förster's articles, according to a UvA press release issued today—a term that appears to suggest that he may have made up his results.
UvA hasn't released the full report yet, so just how the panel came to its conclusions—or why it phrases them as it does—is unclear. But the press release says that data in the eight papers show a linearity that is “too good to be true” and can’t be explained by chance. The committee expresses doubts about “unclear” statistical patterns in three other studies. UvA will send the full report about the 11 studies to the journals involved, says the release, with the request to retract them or consider retraction.
Förster did not respond to an e-mailed request from ScienceInsider; he has repeatedly denied manipulating data on his website.