The only ethical principle which has made science possible is that the truth shall be told all the time. If we do not penalize false statements made in error, we open up the way, donít you see, for false statements by intention. And of course, a false statement of fact, made deliberately, is the most serious crime a scientist can commit. Ė C.P. Snow
Chapter 5: The Impossible Dream

     Looking back on the experience in the following weeks, Jeff struggled to determine what went wrong. Jean, a 4th-year doctoral student working in his lab, had offered to prepare the graphs and illustrations for all of Jeff's manuscripts. Jean had been highly recommended to him by his colleague Glen, who had supervised Jean's work for two years in his own lab. Jeff's department chair had also recommended the transfer and quickly approved the research assistantship appointment.

     Jean was very talented with a new software program that made preparing even the most complex illustrations very simple. But now Jeff and his lab co-authors, including Jean, were being accused of depicting data points in the illustrations in ways that the research did not support. Jeff had trusted both Glen's recommendation and Jean's intellectual capacity to interpret data and her scientific training and experiences. She had sat through the department's NIH-mandated class on research integrity. Jeff wondered, "How could this have happened?"

Research Ethics
Chapter 5: The Impossible Dream
Discussion and Reflection Questions
Integration Questions
References and Resources

This chapter addresses research misconduct. Upon completion of this chapter, we hope that you can define and identify research misconduct, including fabricating and falsifying data, plagiarism, and abuses of confidentiality. We also hope you learn about institutional and federal consequences for research conduct.

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