Zero-tolerance against UK scientific fraud

19.12.2006
A zero-tolerance culture leads to more revelations of scientific fraud in the UK, reports Times Higher Education Supplement. 25 British researchers have been found guilty of scientific misconduct in the last three years.
The survey from Times Higher Education shows a sharp increase in the number of cases in universities. It is believed that the American whistleblower culture has reached the UK.

Michael Farthing, principal at St George‘s Hospital Medical School and founder of UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO), thinks that scientific fraud has become more visible: "We know that whistleblowers are willing not just to report their concerns internally but externally. I think it is difficult now for institutions to shy away from taking cases forward. The days when you just kept this in smoke-filled rooms, swept it under the carpet and hoped that it went away are largely in the past."

Read more at Times Higher Education

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