Research Misconduct

Conceptual plagiarism

A sociology professor at University of Pennsylvania"has accused one of his colleagues of committing 'conceptual plagiarism' in a scandal that has enveloped the department and generated buzz at universities across the country."

Chronicle finds four not-so-well-known plagiarists

The Chronicle offers an article on four plagiarizing professors, who aren't well-known or notorious. The point is to suggest that research plagiarism is widespread. "It's like cockroaches," says Peter Charles Hoffer, a University of Georgia historian and author of a recent book about academic fraud. "For every one you see on the kitchen floor, there are a hundred behind the stove."

Managed books

Recent admissions of inadvertent plagiarism by two prominent Harvard law professors, Charles Ogletree and Laurence Tribe, have drawn attention to a largely undiscussed aspect of plagiarism -- "the phenomenon of managed books . . . in which some academics rely on assistants to help produce books, in some cases allowing the assistants to write first drafts." See "Harvard in a Quandary" for further details.

New Hampshire prof disciplined for plagiarism

A University of New Hampshire professor has been found guilty of "scholarly misconduct" for not acknowledging a source in a newspaper column,

University Lecturer accused of plagiarism

A student at the University of South Australia has accused a lecturer of plagiarism. The student and a retired academic allege that a required textbook, Understanding the Information Economy, assigned by the lecturer contains extensively plagiarized materials from Internet sources, journal articles, and books.

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation publishes regulations relating to research misconduct.

Committee on Publication Ethics

Founded in 1997 to address breaches of research and publication ethics in medicine and science, the COP, has produced guidelines for best practice in the ethics of scientific publishing. They are intended for authors, editors, publishers, and readers.

U.S. Office of Research Integrity

The ORI, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, promotes integrity in biomedical and behavioral research supported by the Public Health Service.

An Interview with Marcel Lafollette

Touchstone Radio has archived an interview about scientific misconduct and plagiarism with Marcel Lafollette, author of Stealing into Print: Fraud, Plagiarism, and Misconduct in Scientific Publishing (1992).

Book Review

ALA review of Research Misconduct: Issues, Implications, and Strategies, eds. Ellen Altman and Peter Hernon (1997).
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