Interest in academic and research ethics is apparently increasing. Their importance is unmatched. Whether as a student you are writing a paper for one of your classes or you are a research scientist working on a cure or treatment for a disease, the manner in which you and your collaborators conduct yourselves makes a difference in the confidence others have with respect to your work, publications, and influence.
We rely on professors and teachers to provide us with accurate information; we rely on physicians to remain up-to-date in their fields. The professor who does no research or who does not keep up with the research of others in her field has shirked responsibility to others. The physician who fails to remain current regarding the appropriate use of medicines and treatments has put the lives of patients at risk. The health professional who violates the privacy of a patient’s records may create conditions in which the patient is disadvantaged in financial, personal, and professional realms. These, and many other examples of misconduct with respect to information, are instances of the behavior of others whose actions not only reflect upon themselves and their characters, but also have a sometimes dramatic effect on those who are in some way affected by them.
This blog’s purpose is to provide a forum for discussion and dessimination of reliable information regarding academic and research ethics primarily focused on ways in which students, professors, researchers and others can obtain the best information about the best practices for research integrity. Topics may range from instances of cheating and plagiarism in academic realms to professional misconduct in education and science — and beyond.