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Recent Misconduct Cases

Office of Research Integrity: Press Release - Dr. Eric T. Poehlman (March 17, 2005)
Researcher barred for life from receiving federal grant funds.
Chronicle of Higher Education: Special Report: Plagiarism (Dec 17, 2004)
A nice series of articles on plagiarism. (not all science)
Report of the Investigation Committee on the Possibility of Scientific Misconduct in the Work of Hendrik Schön and Coauthors (Sept 2002)
Investigation of allegations of scientific misconduct in 25 published papers involving 20 coauthors!

Science Ethics Resources

Science Ethics Bibliography
An extensive list of books and articles published before July 1997 that pertain to ethics and misconduct in science. For more recent sources try one of the online search engines.
Ethics in the Physical Sciences: Course Outline and Reference Books (PDF, 68KB)
Material for an ethics course for science majors, by Prof. Linda M. Sweeting, Towson University, Presented at the 14th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Clemson, SC, August 1996. An updated on-line version of the Professional Ethics for Scientists syllabus with a link to an Annotated Bibliography is also available at Please note that Linda Sweeting passed away in 2003.

Selected Essays on Ethics in Science

Ethics in Science
An essay on the scientific method (or lack thereof) and the consequences of misconduct in science. Adapted from lectures given by Henry Bauer at Virginia Tech.
Ethics-Related Articles in Forensics
Essays on bad science in forensics by D. H. Garrison, Jr., Forensic Services Unit, Grand Rapids Police Department, Grand Rapids, MI.
Misconduct in Science
An essay by Vincent Hamner that explores the types of scientific misconduct and examines a few contemporary examples. The author asks "Do scientists really need a professional code of ethics?".
On Being a Scientist
Describes the ethical foundations of scientific practices and some of the personal and professional issues that researchers encounter in their work. Prepared under the auspices of the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, which is a joint committee of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering and the Institute of Medicine. See the preface for a more complete description.
The Chemist's Code of Conduct
The code of conduct that professional chemists agree to follow, as approved and adopted by the American Chemical Society in 1994. Supersedes The Chemist's Creed, adopted by the American Chemical Society in 1965.

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