After receiving her PhD at Utrecht University in The Netherlands where she worked on epidemic Vibrio cholerae strains, Elisabeth Bik worked at the Dutch National Institute for Health and the St. Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein. She worked 15 years in the lab of David Relman in the School of Medicine at Stanford, on the microbiomes of humans and marine mammals. In May 2014, she founded Microbiome Digest, an almost daily compilation of scientific papers in the rapidly growing microbiome field.

From 2016-2018, she worked at uBiome as a Science Editor, and later as the Scientific and Editorial Director. In 2018, she joined Astarte Medical as their Director of Science.

In March 2019, she became a Microbiome and Science Integrity consultant.

She can often be found discussing science papers on Twitter at @MicrobiomDigest, writing for her blog ScienceIntegrityDigest or searching the biomedical literature for inappropriately duplicated or manipulated photographic images and plagiarized text.

I will consider looking at papers of concern, but because every day I get more requests than I can handle, I prefer short emails that clearly state the problem and that have the PDFs and supplemental materials attached.

I respectfully ask to not send me emails with just a list of 20 DOIs without any explanation, vague statements like “You can clearly see the problem”, or emails with a 65-page attachment.

Thank you for understanding!

July 14, 2020: I have temporarily removed my email address here because of the overwhelming amount of requests.

If you send me a problematic paper, and I agree with you, I will assume that you would like me to post it onto PubPeer, and that you want to remain anonymous. Let me know if you want to be credited with your full name online.

What People Say

Dr. Elisabeth Bik has a remarkable natural ability to identify both image duplication and image manipulation through visual screening.

Prasad Ravindranath

Bik is a unicorn when it comes to her hobby. Few people have the patience to sift through thousands and thousands of articles looking for tiny discrepancies in figures. Fewer still will subject their retinas to such strain for free. 

Adam Marcus, Ivan Oransky, Retraction Watch, for The Scientist

Elisabeth Bik is the champion spotter of duplicated or altered images

Debora Weber-Wulff

Selected press about my work

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