Dishonesty in scientific research.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Fraudulent business practices, such as those leading to the Enron scandal and the conviction of Bernard Madoff, evoke a strong sense of public outrage. But fraudulent or dishonest actions are not exclusive to the realm of big corporations or to evil individuals without consciences. Dishonest actions are all too prevalent in everyone's daily lives, because people are constantly encountering situations in which they can gain advantages by cutting corners. Whether it's adding a few dollars in value to the stolen items reported on an insurance claim form or dropping outlier data points from a figure to make a paper sound more interesting, dishonesty is part of the human condition. Here, we explore how people rationalize dishonesty, the implications for scientific research, and what can be done to foster a culture of research integrity.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mazar, N; Ariely, D

Published Date

  • November 2, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 125 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 3993 - 3996

PubMed ID

  • 26524587

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4639975

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-8238

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9738

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1172/jci84722


  • eng