The Journal of Philosophy, Science & Law


The Journal of Philosophy, Science & Law: RCR Special Issue
Volume 14, January 30, 2014, pages 1-12
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Recent Questions in Responsible Conduct of Research

Levi Wood*


* James Homer Wright Pathology Laboratories, Massachusetts General Hospital & Department of Pathology, Harvard Medical School,


The global research enterprise has seen extensive technological, social, and financial changes in the last two decades that have dramatically changed the face of academic research. While many of these changes have had a tremendously positive impact on research progress, many of them have raised new questions about how to ensure that research is conducted responsibly. In addition, there have been some high-profile cases of error and fabrication in published works that might have been caught earlier if the enterprise had better safeguards in place. There is an ongoing discussion within the research enterprise about whether and how to establish new guidelines to ensure the integrity of the research process within this shifting environment. In this article, I survey key changes in the research environment that have opened up new questions about how to best ensure the integrity of the research process.

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