Events that can easily occur in academic research settings
The following vignette describe events that can easily occur in academic research settings. First, identify the ethical violations committed in the vignettes. Then, identify a plan that could prevent such violations before research projects have even begun.
Dr. Gabriel has a very active research lab at her university. She regularly submits grants, and her graduate students publish papers frequently. The following situations develop in Dr. Gabriel’s lab:
- Dr. Gabriel is in the process of writing a large grant proposal and locates a literature review and summary of preliminary findings written and presented in a recent lab meeting by Seara, a graduate student working in her lab. Dr. Gabriel cuts and pastes the text of this document into the grant.
- Identify the ethical violations committed in the vignette.
- Identify a plan that could prevent such violations before research projects have even begun.
Dr. Gabriel’s actions in the vignette constitute a number of ethical violations, including:
- Plagiarism: Dr. Gabriel copied Seara’s work without attribution, which is plagiarism. Plagiarism is a serious ethical violation because it undermines the integrity of scholarly research.
- Falsification of data: Dr. Gabriel presented Seara’s work as her own, which can be seen as a form of falsification of data. Falsification of data is another serious ethical violation because it undermines the credibility of research findings.