Research and Publication Ethics

Mudgal, Piya Paul and Unnikrishnan, MK (2013) Research and Publication Ethics. RGUHS Journal of Pharmacy Sciences, 3 (1). pp. 6-13.

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The recent surge in India’s scientific output, and the publication-driven authors’ careers have together eroded the focus on ethical conduct in scientific practices. Consequently, there has been a significant rise in allegations of misconduct and retractions of papers from India. According to the US Office of Research Integrity (ORI), scientific misconduct essentially includes ‘fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, conducting, or reporting research’. Unlike developed countries, India does not have a system of scientific policing that includes empowered regulatory bodies, well defined procedures for investigations, vigilance towards fraudulent scientific practices and awareness about basic codes of ethical scientific conduct. The Indian government, universities and research organizations should come together and frame laws that would not only keep vigil on the ethical legitimacy of scientific publications but also initiate appropriate punitive actions whenever there is a breach of scientific ethics. This article discusses the various aspects of scientific misconduct including the different definitions, interpretations, procedures for investigation and strategies for implementing a comprehensive system for investigating scientific misconduct and minimizing malpractices in the rapidly expanding arena of Indian scientific enterprise.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Scientific misconduct; Ethics; Fabrication; Falsification; Plagiarism
Subjects: Pharmacy > MCOPS Manipal > Pharmacology
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 31 Dec 2013 05:03
Last Modified: 31 Dec 2013 05:03

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