Definition of scientific misconduct in US English:

scientific misconduct


  • Action that willfully compromises the integrity of scientific research, such as plagiarism or the falsification or fabrication of data.

    ‘the university has been hit by allegations of scientific misconduct in recent years’
    • ‘I've exposed three cases of scientific misconduct and fraud over the years, for only one reason: to press institutions to improve the public's trust in the findings of research.’
    • ‘To ensure the integrity of his or her journal, an editor has no choice but to spend a considerable amount of time investigating allegations of scientific misconduct.’
    • ‘This is particularly required for topic of scientific misconduct, where though the majority of scientists are honest, the few that practice fraud have high visibility and bring the entire community under a cloud of suspicion.’
    • ‘But she was optimistic that the council's appeal to the government to establish an independent agency on scientific misconduct would be accepted.’
    • ‘The use of the word unseemly in an article that also discussed scientific misconduct was unfortunate and is regretted.’
    • ‘In the United States, unethical research and scientific misconduct was documented in the Tuskegee syphilis study, which began in 1932.’
    • ‘The book has been roundly condemned by scientists; those in his own country even found him guilty of scientific misconduct.’
    • ‘Retraction should thus be reserved for studies that involve scientific misconduct and severe errors that are not discernible from the text.’
    • ‘We want at the end of this to be able to say we have examined serious allegations concerning scientific misconduct fully and completely and here is the outcome.’
    • ‘Conflicts of interest may have a negligible or substantial effect on judgment, and they do not necessarily represent scientific misconduct.’
    • ‘Should the referees have picked up on the evidence for scientific misconduct?’
    • ‘Data fabrication is a rare form of scientific misconduct in clinical trials, but when it does occur it has serious consequences.’
    • ‘This statement required universities to develop their own policies and procedures for investigating, adjudicating, and reporting cases of scientific misconduct under the guidelines provided within the Tri - Council policy.’
    • ‘He has been under pressure over his handling of a case involving accusations of scientific misconduct.’
    • ‘In the past 15 years, the office has confirmed about 185 cases of scientific misconduct.’
    • ‘He alleges that you were planning to make complaints, and that part of that was to deliberately create matters that could be construed as scientific misconduct as a way of entrapping him in the future.’
    • ‘This is a story about a powerful scientist with an international reputation who's committed scientific misconduct so severe it could be considered fraud.’
    • ‘Every once in a while, a case of scientific misconduct makes its way into the criminal courts.’
    • ‘I am hopeful that he will be able to shed some light on how and why this scandal happened, so that similar scientific misconduct in the future will not go uncorrected for so long.’
    • ‘The report defines this as an issue not of scientific misconduct but of professional responsibility.’