Two things are important to recognize about this situation. First, the author of the IIR article, Steve Martin, was in no way implicated in the problem. His summary of the research, as published, was accurate and insightful. The difficulty lies only in the actions of one of the authors of the original study, Dr. Stapel.
Second, This kind of scholarly fraud is extremely rare and doesn’t characterize the vast majority of published research in the behavioral sciences. With that said, we still felt it necessary to inform our readers of the problematic nature of the conclusions within the original article. We will maintain constant vigilance in this regard and keep you apprised in the future so that you will be able to have confidence in the information we present.
Robert B. Cialdini