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ORI's Self-Assessment: A Batting Average of .920?

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Science  28 Feb 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5304, pp. 1255
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5304.1255

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Earlier this month, the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) issued a statistical report indicating that it has overcome its most serious troubles of the past. ORI says that it is processing cases much faster, and since 1992, it has achieved an eye-popping 92% success rate in sustaining guilty findings. The report also reveals the crushing workload of apparently trivial cases that get referred to ORI, the vast majority of which it decides not to pursue.