No One Likes a Snitch

TitleNo One Likes a Snitch
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsRedman, B, Caplan, A
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published2015
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
KeywordsConflict , Fair , Fraud , research , WHISTLEBLOWERS
AbstractWhistleblowers remain essential as complainants in allegations of research misconduct. Frequently internal to the research team, they are poorly protected from acts of retribution, which may deter the reporting of misconduct. In order to perform their important role, whistleblowers must be treated fairly. In the face of the growing challenge of research fraud, we suggest vigorous steps, to include: organizational responsibility to certify the accuracy of research including audit, required whistleblower action in the face of imminent or grave harm to subjects, strengthened legal protections against retaliation including prompt enactment of Federal whistleblower protections and consideration of criminalizing the most egregious cases of research misconduct. 
NotesRedman, Barbara 1; Email Address: Caplan, Arthur 2; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Division of Medical Ethics, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York USA 2: Drs. William F and Virginia Connolly Mitty Chair, Division of Medical Ethics, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York USA; Source Info: Aug2015, Vol. 21 Issue 4, p813; Subject Term: WHISTLEBLOWERS; Subject Term: RESEARCH; Subject Term: RESEARCH -- Moral & ethical aspects; Subject Term: RESEARCH teams; Subject Term: CONFLICT of interests; Subject Term: FRAUD in science; Author-Supplied Keyword: Fair; Author-Supplied Keyword: Research ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: Research misconduct; Author-Supplied Keyword: Whistleblowers; Number of Pages: 7p; Document Type: Article