Crime and punishment in scientific research

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Bouville, Mathieu
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Typical arguments against scientific misconduct generally fail to support current policies on research fraud: they may not prove wrong what is usually considered research misconduct and they tend to make wrong things that are not normally seen as scientific fraud, in particular honest errors. I also point out that sanctions are not consistent with the reasons why scientific fraud is supposed to be wrong either. Moreover honestly seeking truth should not be contrived as a moral rule -- it is instead a necessary condition for work to qualify as scientific. Keywords: cheating; ethics; fabrication; falsification; integrity; plagiarism; research fraud; scientific misconduct.
Comment: 13 pages, 2 tables, new version of the last section
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Physics - Physics and Society, Physics - History and Philosophy of Physics
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