US survey shows extent of research misconduct

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 23 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1465
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    A third of US scientists have engaged in serious research misconduct in the past three years, according to a survey published in the journal Nature (2005;435: 718-9).

    The findings are based on a postal survey answered by more than 3200 scientists around the United States, all of whom did work funded by the National Institutes of Health. They were asked if they had committed any of a list of 33 transgressions of research standards.

    Ten of these transgressions were identified as serious by a panel of members of research ethics boards. …

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