Research Misconduct

Scientific/Research Misconduct Red Flags

The number of scientific misconduct scandals may appear to be on the rise if you follow social media outlets such as RetractionWatch, the Office of Research Integrity’s (ORI) website, or, for the really high profile ones such as the Riken Institute stem cell scandal, the media in general.

Assessing Intent in Verbatim Plagiarism Investigations: The NSF OIG's CPI Approach

Every six months, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Inspector General (OIG) releases its Semiannual Report to Congress. Each report contains information on the OIG’s audits and review, and investigations, including research misconduct investigations. The federal definition of research misconduct includes data falsification and fabrication, and plagiarism.

NSF OIG Recent Research Misconduct Investigations Detailed in September 2015 Semiannual Report to Congress

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released its September 2015 Semiannual Report to Congress. The report contains information on a series of research misconduct investigations, starting on page 29.

The Troubling Outcome of the Anil Potti Research Misconduct Case

Suspicions about research misconduct by Anil Potti, M.D. came to light back in 2008.  At that time, a graduate student in Potti’s lab presented concerns to Duke University administrators about possible falsification of research data.  The student was actively discouraged from pursuing them.

March 2015 NSF OIG Semiannual Report Details Recent Research Misconduct Investigations

In the March 2015 Semiannual Report to Congress, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Inspector General (OIG) reports on a series of misconduct investigations, involving data falsification and fabrication, and plagiarism (starting on page 26).

As part of their audit activities, the NSF OIG ran 8,000 proposals awarded by NSF in FY2011 through plagiarism detection software.  As a result, the NSF OIG opened 34 plagiarism investigations; to-date, 10 have resulted in findings of research misconduct.

Anil Potti Research Misconduct Case Heads to Court

It’s a sad/bad day for science when the ranks of cases used for teaching about research misconduct grow.  The case of Anil Potti and Duke University is one of the most recent high profile cases involving a multiple of serious issues ~ a whistleblower who was ignored, falsification of research data, individual and institutional conflicts of interest, retracted publications, a falsified CV (Potti claimed he was a Rhodes scholar) and clinical trials involving human subjects co

NSF OIG Reports on Research Misconduct Investigations

In its September 2014 Semiannual Report to Congress, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Inspector General (OIG) reports on a series of misconduct investigations, involving data falsification and fabrication, and plagiarism (starting on page 25).  The report details plagiarism in NSF proposals from Maine to Florida to California.

NSF OIG Reports on Research Misconduct Investigations

In the March 2014 Semiannual Report to Congress, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Inspe

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