by Kamal Pratap Singh
Scientific misconduct is not a new term among Global Scientific community, people like to do anything to prove their research correct. But Since we are living in digital world today, when scientific literature too can be verified by peers, the cross verification is just a click away. In this article we are using Retraction watch and Pubpeer as reference medium to understand scientific misconducts and their possible consequences on research and career. Although we are citing Retraction Watch regularly but recently, a post of the ‘the Hindu’ newspaper which refers Pubpeer, attracted huge attention, including leaders of Biotechnology and Life Sciences field. Some well known research misconducts which resulted in either acceptance of misconduct, retractions, or resignation are listed toward the end of this article.
Top Ten Heroitic Stunts of Scientific misconducts:
1. Falsifying or ‘cooking’ research data
2. Ignoring major aspects of human-subject requirements
3. Not properly disclosing involvement in firms whose products are based on one‘s own research
4. Relationships with students, research subjects or clients that may be interpreted as questionable
5. Using another’s ideas without obtaining permission or giving due credit (plagiarism)
6. Unauthorized use of confidential information in connection with one’s own research
7. Failing to present data that contradict one’s own previous research
8. Circumventing certain minor aspects of human-subject requirements
9. Overlooking others’ use of flawed data or questionable interpretation of data
10. Changing the design, methodology or results of a study in response to pressure from a funding source (falsification).
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