The CNRS has completed the procedure initiated in the wake of allegations relating to several articles signed, among other authors, by Olivier Voinnet, CNRS senior researcher on secondment at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich (Switzerland). This procedure involved setting up a scientific commission of inquiry to look into the articles concerned, authored or co-authored by the CNRS.
The commission of inquiry has established the existence of deliberate chart/diagram manipulations, in breach of the ethical standards applicable to the presentation of scientific results. This involved modifications and duplications of diagrams/charts or erroneous captions. Such inappropriate presentation of experimental data, however, does not amount to fabrication.
These violations, which do however amount to scientific misconduct, have tarnished the reputation of the CNRS and of research at large. Consequently, the CNRS President has conferred with the disciplinary committee and taken appropriate measures, in accordance with procedures applicable to civil servants.