By The Press Association, UKPA
More than one in ten (13%) scientists or doctors have witnessed colleagues intentionally altering or fabricating data to get published or during their research, a poll suggests.
The survey of almost 2,800 experts in the UK also found 6% knew of possible research misconduct at their institution that has not been properly investigated.
The poll, for the British Medical Journal (BMJ), is being presented at a meeting aimed at tackling research misconduct in the UK.
It is being hosted by the BMJ and the Committee on Publication Ethics (Cope).
Dr Fiona Godlee, BMJ editor in chief, said: “While our survey can’t provide a true estimate of how much research misconduct there is in the UK, it does show that there is a substantial number of cases and that UK institutions are failing to investigate adequately, if at all.
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