HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Americans love competition, but is it pushing our scientists too far?

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Serious scientific misconduct that calls the integrity of science into question is only uncovered and reported perhaps a dozen times a year in the United States. This suggests that there isn't much misbehaving taking place in the research arena. Right? Maybe not. A new study suggests that the competitive nature of research fosters an environment where scientific misbehavior takes place far more often than the misconduct that makes headline news. And because scientific misbehavior involves more mundane decisions and actions, it may be easier for researchers to look the other way.

The study, just published in the premier edition of the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, used focus groups and a Web-based survey to find out from researchers what kinds of behaviors they find most troubling, and how often they occur.

"We were a bit surprised when we first heard researchers reporting what they described as rather routine misbehaviors, but as our study went on we kept hearing the same stories, confirming that these kind of things are an everyday part of research," says co-author Raymond De Vries, Ph.D., associate professor of medical education and a member of the Bioethics Program at the University of Michigan.

The study used both qualitative and quantitative measures to ask those who know science best its researchers to describe the behaviors they regard as most threatening to the integrity of their work. These common problems fall into four categories:

  • the meaning of data
  • the rules of science
  • life with colleagues
  • pressures of production in science

Examples of misbehavior in these areas include such things as deciding what to do if one's own results can't be duplicated, and manipulation of the review system.

De Vries and his colleagues conducted six focus groups with a total of 51 researchers from major research universities. Part
'"/>

Contact: Mary Beth Reilly
reillymb@umich.edu
734-647-5014
University of Michigan Health System
6-Apr-2006


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. New clue why MS affects African-Americans differently than Caucasians
2. Slow wave activity during sleep is lower in African-Americans than Caucasians
3. Economic impact of hunger affects all Americans
4. African-Americans at increased risk for earlier preterm births
5. Pills or papayas? Survey finds Americans want healthful foods, not more medicines
6. New diabetes research: Half of Americans have gene that affects how body burns sugar
7. Americans support for embryonic stem cell research declines, VCU Life Sciences survey shows
8. African-Americans with prostate cancer more likely to have family history of prostate, breast cancer
9. MIT survey: Climate change tops Americans environmental concerns
10. Americans less likely to accept evolution than Europeans
11. Americans support free access to research

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:8/14/2019)... ... August 13, 2019 , ... Dr. Julie Reck of Veterinary Medical Center of Fort Mill ... Her first stem cell patient, her own geriatric Australian Shepherd, Simon, was treated in June ... wanted to play but his body was weak, and he struggled to play fetch and ...
(Date:8/6/2019)... DURHAM, N.C. (PRWEB) , ... August 06, 2019 ... ... Medicine (SCTM) identifies a computational modeling system that could have far-reaching implications for ... called partial least squares regression (PLSR), is able to predict which stem cell ...
(Date:8/6/2019)... ... 2019 , ... Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) President Sheldon Schuster has announced Martin ... , “Dean Zdanowicz is highly regarded as an innovative leader who prioritizes student success ... great choice to build on the success of the KGI School of Pharmacy and ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/19/2019)... ... July 18, 2019 , ... Global ... to enlarge their current piezo motion facilities in Lederhose, Germany, increasing their current ... multilayer piezo ceramic assembly production in addition to general office space, a significant ...
(Date:7/17/2019)... ... July 16, 2019 , ... ... agreement for the development and manufacturing of Zolgensma® (onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi), an AveXis ... AveXis, a Novartis company, will have dedicated manufacturing space at the new, ...
(Date:7/9/2019)... ... July 08, 2019 , ... Today, at the ... National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) announced the winners of the Consider Corn ... product or process using field corn to produce biobased materials. , “Corn is a ...
(Date:6/26/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2019 , ... Alice Branton ... treatment on improving physicochemical properties of Magnesium Gluconate, which can prove to be beneficial ... 125% alteration of characteristic differentiation peak, change in crystallite size , Over ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: