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NYIT in the Media
Oct 08 2012

Hadjiargyrou Letter to The Times: Scientists and Cheating

"Why are we surprised at the increase in the number of retracted research papers," asks College of Arts and Sciences Life Sciences Chair Michael Hadjiargyrou in a letter to The New York Times in response to an editorial on fraud in scientific literature. "Scientists are no different from anyone else in our competitive society and look for shortcuts to achieve their ambitious goals...And although we may think of scientists as operating above and beyond the honor system, in reality, under this competitive financing environment, many violate ethical behavior and cook the data. It is indeed a shameful mode of behavior, but in many ways it goes unnoticed and even gets rewarded."