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April 3, 2018

Institutional Research Misconduct Reports Need More Credibility

Author Affiliations
  • 1National Center for Professional and Research Ethics, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Illinois
  • 2The Center for Scientific Integrity, New York, New York
  • 3Arthur Carter Journalism Institute, New York University, New York, New York
JAMA. 2018;319(13):1315-1316. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.0358

Institutions have a central role in protecting the integrity of research. They employ researchers, own the facilities where the work is conducted, receive grant funding, and teach many students about the research process. When questions arise about research misconduct associated with published articles, scientists and journal editors usually first ask the researchers’ institution to investigate the allegations and then report the outcomes, under defined circumstances, to federal oversight agencies and other entities, including journals.1

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