Ethics in research question
farestam at cerfacs.fr
Mon Aug 16 22:08:20 EST 1993
The story you tell does in no way surprise me. I know (by first
hand experience) that there are people out there who will forge
papers, i.e. take a paper published somewhere (usually in a
lesser known journal), change a few figures and resubmit it
elsewhere with their own name. Unethical behaviour seems to be
an everyday occurence, to a non neglible degree. Unfortunately
it seems to be just as bad in the US as it is in Europe.
Ethics aside, the presence of politics in the research community
I find equally disturbing. In some circles the senior people
spend almost all of their time with political manipulations, and
very little time doing research. Certain seniors have a habit
of adding their names to all work being done, regardless of
themselves having been involved or not. The appointment of
professors is, to the best of my knowledge, a highly political
event almost everywhere.
Strange thing indeed that work is actually being done, but
there are, fortunately, some good people out there as well.
/Stefan Farestam (a few more months to go)
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