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Pen nameNeuroskeptic

Neuroskeptic is a British neuroscientist and pseudonymous science blogger.[1][2] They are known for their efforts uncovering fake and plagiarized articles published in predatory journals.[3][4] They have also blogged about the limitations of MRI scans, which they began writing about after realizing that they and their colleagues did not entirely understand how some of their own MRI results had been produced.[5] Their use of a pseudonym has been criticized as unethical, an accusation that they have denied.[6][7] A 2013 Wired article by David Dobbs described Neuroskeptic as "one of the most insightful neuro-psycho-bloggers out there today".[8]


The blog has been nominated for the following awards:

  • 2010 Research Blogging Awards - Finalist[9]
  • 2012 UK Science Blog award from the Good Thinking Society - Shortlisted finalist[10]


  • "The Nine Circles of Scientific Hell". Perspectives on Psychological Science. 7 (6): 643–644. November 2012. doi:10.1177/1745691612459519. ISSN 1745-6916. PMID 26168124. S2CID 45328962.
  • Neuroskeptic (May 2013). "Anonymity in science". Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 17 (5): 195–196. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2013.03.004. ISSN 1364-6613. PMID 23570959. S2CID 39006052.


  1. ^ Costello, Victoria (2016-03-21). "Pseudonyms in Science: Neuroskeptic speaks to Neurocritic, Dr Primestein and Neurobonkers". PLOS SciComm. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
  2. ^ Chawla, Dawmeet Singh (2017-01-17). "Mystery as controversial list of predatory publishers disappears". Science News. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  3. ^ Mandelbaum, Ryan F. (2017-07-24). "Scientific Journals Publish Bogus Paper About Midi-chlorians from Star Wars". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
  4. ^ "Journals pull two papers after blogger shares plagiarism suspicions". Retraction Watch. 2017-02-01. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
  5. ^ Lyon, Louisa (2017-07-26). "Dead salmon and voodoo correlations: should we be sceptical about functional MRI?". Brain. 140 (8): e53. doi:10.1093/brain/awx180. ISSN 0006-8950. PMID 28899026.
  6. ^ Teixeira da Silva, JaimeA. (2017-12-01). "Are Pseudonyms Ethical in (Science) Publishing? Neuroskeptic as a Case Study". Science and Engineering Ethics. 23 (6): 1807–1810. doi:10.1007/s11948-016-9825-7. ISSN 1353-3452. PMID 27830481. S2CID 195282150.
  7. ^ "Am I An Unethical Pseudonym?". Neuroskeptic. 2016-11-10. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
  8. ^ "How Churchill and Lincoln Can Help You Whup Depression". WIRED. 2013-05-16.
  9. ^ "Research Blogging Awards 2010". researchblogging.org. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  10. ^ Parr, Chris (1 December 2012). "Science blog awards recognise youth and experience". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 14 March 2022.

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