Scientific Misconduct: Do the Punishments Fit the Crime?

TitleScientific Misconduct: Do the Punishments Fit the Crime?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsRedman, BK, Merz, JF
Date Published08/2008
PublisherAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number00368075
Accession Number34049554
KeywordsIntellectual , plagiarism , professional , professions , Punishment , research , Scientific , SCIENTISTS , United
AbstractThe article discusses a study which seeks to investigate the career of researchers after being found guilty of misconduct. The investigators identified public records of scientists holding terminal degrees who have been found guilty of misconduct by the U.S. Office of Research Integrity. The researchers identified 43 individuals with terminal degrees and were employed in a professional, faculty or research scientist role. This study showed that academic scientists who have been found guilty of misconduct have remained in their respective careers. It is observed that the crime of falsification and fabrication were punished more harshly than the acts of plagiarism.
NotesRedman, Barbara K. 1,2; Email Address: Merz, Jon F. 3; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: College of Nursing, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 48202 USA 2: Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, USA 3: Department of Medical Ethics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, USA; Source Info: 8/8/2008, Vol. 321 Issue 5890, p775; Subject Term: PROFESSIONAL ethics; Subject Term: SCIENTISTS; Subject Term: PROFESSIONS; Subject Term: SCIENTIFIC community; Subject Term: INTELLECTUAL life; Subject Term: PUNISHMENT; Subject Term: PLAGIARISM; Subject Term: RESEARCH; Subject Term: UNITED States; NAICS/Industry Codes: 813920 Professional Organizations; Number of Pages: 1p; Document Type: Article
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