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Most cases of research misconduct go undetected, conference told

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39556.698646.DB (Published 24 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:913
  1. Richard Smith
  1. 1London

    Questionable research practices are common and probably do more damage to science than the “big three” of fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism, said Nick Steneck, consultant to the US Office of Research Integrity, last week at a conference on the governance of good research conduct in the United Kingdom.

    The priority in the United States had been to eliminate serious research misconduct, said Professor Steneck, but now much more attention is being paid to preventing “questionable research practices,” which take many forms, including poor design, incomplete literature review, failure to report some evidence, unreported outcomes, failure to declare …

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