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A Misconduct Definition That Finally Sticks?

Science  15 Oct 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5439, pp. 391
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5439.391a

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A White House panel was due today (October 14) to unveil the first government-wide definition of improper conduct in scientific research. True to long-circulating rumors, the new definition would narrow research misconduct to three specific acts: fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism. But officials at the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy say they've fleshed out these categories to ensure that a variety of serious misdeeds are explicitly included. The proposed misconduct policy spells out a range of procedural steps for policing misconduct that all federal agencies would have to follow.

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