Ethics at Issue in China

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Science  02 Mar 2007:
Vol. 315, Issue 5816, pp. 1207b
DOI: 10.1126/science.315.5816.1207b

BEIJING—China's largest research body is getting serious about misconduct. Earlier this week, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) unveiled guidance on what constitutes misconduct and set up a high-level academy committee to investigate allegations.

In recent months, a series of high-profile misconduct cases has tarnished the reputation of China's scientific community (Science, 9 June 2006, p. 1464). CAS this week ordered each of its 100 institutes to set up their own committees to probe allegations against their researchers and to educate staff about ethical behavior. The CAS panel will investigate higher profile allegations. With Chinese science becoming more competitive and well-funded, the new rules should deter misconduct, says Zhou Xingjiang of CAS's Institute of Physics in Beijing.

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