Center for Bioethics

Misconduct in Research

Lack of honesty about research can have dire consequences. These consequences can range from loss of credibility of the researcher, lack of trust in the scientific field and ultimately people’s lives. There are three common ways that misconduct in research is done: fabrication, falsification and plagiarism. Researchers must avoid these traps.

On June 29, 2017, Kim Quaid, PhD, presented insights to the ethical issues of research misconduct, including issues related to fabrication, falsification and plagiarism.

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George, S. L. (2016). Research misconduct and data fraud in clinical trials prevalence and causal factors. International journal of clinical oncology, 21(1), 15.

Seife, C. (2015). Research misconduct identified by the US Food and Drug Administration: out of sight, out of mind, out of the peer-reviewed literature. JAMA internal medicine, 175(4), 567-577.

Resnik, D. B., Neal, T., Raymond, A., & Kissling, G. E. (2015). Research misconduct definitions adopted by US research institutions. Accountability in research, 22(1), 14-21.

Resnik, D. B., Rasmussen, L. M., & Kissling, G. E. (2015). An International Study of Research Misconduct Policies. Accountability in Research, 22(5), 249–266.