ERIC Number: ED304060
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
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Unethical Scholarship Today: A Preliminary Typology.
Cooper, Douglas W.
Today many signs point to an uneasy concern among scholars regarding the ethics of their peers. All too frequently the press reports cases of ethical breaches in many fields of scholarship. Over the years a few people have continued to note and study patterns of deviant and unethical behavior in scholarship. But in spite of the need to discriminate between the various cases of misconduct, there are still those who consider all such misconduct as "fraud." Approximately 30 examples of clearly unethical scholarship, ranging from minor to seriously culpable, are illustrated and examined. They include a variety of cases of irresponsibility, negligence, and fraud, with some practices, such as repetitive publishing and honorary authorship, deserving special mention. A number of causes, including publication inflation and careerism, appear to encourage these breaches with varying consequences. Contains 131 reference notes. (KM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Humanities, Science and Technology Conference (Big Rapids, MI, March 11-12, 1988).