Opinion: How to prevent fraud

Thoughts on how to catch scientific misconduct early from a researcher recently convicted of the offense

Suresh Radhakrishnan
Oct 6, 2010
Misconduct in science is increasing at an alarming rate, and is an issue that needs to be addressed. The constantly evolving technology, the arrival of online-only journals, and other significant scientific developments warrant a reconsideration of the existing procedures in place to prevent fraud and the development of novel verification techniques. Here, I propose four compelling approaches to nip this problem in the bud and limit the repercussions of linkurl:scientific misconduct.;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/57557/I: Funding for all ages The number of PhDs in biology has linkurl:increased exponentially;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/home/24540/ over the past several years. Concurrently, the average age of principal investigators (PIs) when they obtain their first R01 research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been rising, likely a result of the fact that all the PIs, regardless of stature, are competing for the same funding source. But established investigators have a clear advantage. Indeed, the NIH has identified this issue,...
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II: Third party data verificationIII: Strong postdoctoral forumsIV: Objective manuscript reviewThe Scientist'sSuresh Radhakrishnan worked at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., as a senior research associate until he was linkurl:fired for misconduct;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/57449/ in May 2010.