Misconduct in research administration: What is it? How widespread is it? And what should we do about it?

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Abstract

Virtually all of the scholarly literature on responsible conduct in research (RCR) focuses on the integrity of scientists–including why scientists misbehave, and how to improve training and enhance compliance with institutional and federal policies and regulations to prevent research misconduct. What this literature does not yet address is the integrity of those responsible for research administration. This article explores the responsible conduct of research administration and the potential for administrative misconduct. I highlight ways in which a lack of integrity in research administration can jeopardize the progress of science, the careers of researchers, and the reputation of institutions just as much as research misconduct can. Accordingly, I call for policies and appropriate oversight of research administration that are on par with policies governing research misconduct by scientists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAccountability in Research
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • conflict of interest
  • ethics and public policy
  • Misconduct in research
  • RCR education and instruction
  • research integrity
  • responsible conduct of research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences

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