New rules proposed by the US Department of Health and Human Services
(DHHS) would revise the definition of scientific misconduct and the process
for adjudicating alleged wrongdoing. The new rules would also expand plagiarism
prohibitions to include peer reviewers as well as researchers and would remove
whistle-blowers from directly participating in misconduct investigations.
The changes will help ensure public confidence in the integrity of DHHS-supported
science, said Chris Pascal, JD, the director of the Office of Research Integrity
at the DHHS. Scientific societies largely applauded the revised rules.
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