A concise editorial and news bit on how scientific misconduct is handled – and how it can be lessened. Maybe we’re concentrating teaching efforts on the wrong audience. Other items in this same issue on fraud & misconduct.
Leading by example
Nature 445, 229 (18 January 2007)
“But most important of all, as the first scientific studies of the factors behind good conduct confirm, is the example set by senior researchers themselves. It is here in the laboratory — not in the law courts or the offices of a university administrator — that the trajectory of research conduct for the twenty-first century is being set.”
Misconduct? It’s all academic…
Nature 445, 240-241 (18 January 2007)
The legal quagmire, strain and bad press of misconduct investigations leave many universities tempted to ignore misconduct allegations. But getting an investigation right can reduce the pain and boost an institution’s reputation, says Geoff Brumfiel.