In late June 2020 I questioned the veracity of two non-peer reviewed
preprint articles regarding vitamin D and COVID-19 from April 2020
which I had previously assumed were the result of good research.
I had quoted these articles prominently on my pages at:
and in comments on various web sites. Please
see the above site for links to the latest research on nutrition,
immunity and COVID-19 - particularly regarding vitamin D - including to
the sites of other people who keep up with research better than I can.
To keep those pages free of critiques of the veracity of articles which
I think should not be relied upon or cited, I established this website
ResearchVeracity.info, for this purpose on 2020-07-01. The
critiques of the articles are at this page:
alra/ <<< To the critique of the articles
On 2020-07-12 I revised this page so it concerns only the text of the
articles and of some related articles. This greatly simplified the
page, which had previously also contemplated questions of who actually wrote
the articles and the identity of the people listed as the authors.
Important update 2020-07-27:
See the following article in which three Indonesian MDs find no trace
of the purported authors of the Raharusun article. This includes searching
the Indonesian Medical Council database and contacting the hospital
mentioned in the article:
COVID-19 and Misinformation: How an Infodemic Fueled the prominence of Vitamin D
Joshua Henrina, Michael Anthonius Lim and Raymond Pranata
British Journal of Nutrition 2020-07-27
I believe it is incumbent upon authors
of academic articles to ensure that via searches of the Web, Google
Scholar etc. a reader, without any special skills, will find it easy to
verify that all the authors of the article exist and that there are
multiple lines of evidence, from a variety of sources, which attest to
whatever qualifications, publication history, organisational
affiliations etc. they would need in order to conduct and analyse the
research presented in the article.
Even if the text of the article appears to be consistent with genuine
research, I think it should probably not be relied upon unless at least
one or more of the authors can be easily identified via web searching
and the like as having the requisite experience, qualifications and/or
Academic research articles may be fictional
Prior to mid-June it had not occurred
to me that anyone would write an article - even one published solely on
preprint servers - which was fictional, and present it earnestly as if
it was an account of real research. When I looked more carefully
into the two articles I had cited and some other related ones, I was
unable to disprove my hypothesis that these articles were fakes - and I
found numerous reasons to believe that they were fakes.#about
About this site
There is nothing official or authoritative about this site or about
This is a personal site, located in the .info top level
domain because it provides information for free, rather than for the
purposes of generating revenue - which would be best under .com.
aminotheory.com exists for the same purpose. I established it in
2011 primarily for my Restless Legs Syndrome observations and
and I really should have made it under the .info top level domain.
There's nothing else at this site. Hopefully I won't encounter
any more academic articles which gave me such concerns. If I do,
I will add further pages here.
I am not trying to build up a comprehensive website on such
matters, but if there are an sites related to these concerns, I can link to them from here.
I have no formal qualifications in any field and no medical
training. I work with electronic musical instruments and computer
I hope you find my analysis interesting, but please read the articles yourself and make up your own mind.
I established this site on 2020-07-01.
This page was last updated on 2020-07-12.
© 2020 Robin Whittle firstname.lastname@example.org Daylesford, Victoria, Australia