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Scientific misconduct is worryingly prevalent in the UK, shows BMJ survey

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e377 (Published 12 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e377
  1. Aniket Tavare
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One in seven UK based scientists or doctors has witnessed colleagues intentionally altering or fabricating data during their research or for the purposes of publication, found a survey of more than 2700 researchers conducted by the BMJ.

The survey, which was emailed to 9036 academics and clinicians who had submitted articles to the BMJ or acted as peer reviewers for the journal (response rate 31%), found that 13% of these researchers admitted knowledge of colleagues “inappropriately adjusting, excluding, altering, or fabricating data” for the purpose of publication. Just over …

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