If you're found guilty of plagiarism or linkurl:scientific fraud,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/15418/ is your academic career as a researcher over? Not according to a study published in Science tomorrow (August 8), which contradicts a long-standing assumption by suggesting that rebuilding a career after a misconduct finding is difficult, but not impossible. "While the punishments [for misconduct] are severe, there are hopes for redemption," said linkurl:Jon Merz;http://www.bioethics.upenn.edu/people/?last=Merz&first=Jon of the University of Pennsylvania, a coauthor on the study. Merz and linkurl:Barbara Redman,;http://www.nursing.wayne.edu/about%20us/Department%20Directory/BRedman.html who has a joint appointment at Wayne State University and the University of Pennsylvania, examined the fates of researchers who, as independent investigators (as opposed to graduate students or postdocs), were found guilty of misconduct by the linkurl:Office of Research Integrity,;http://ori.dhhs.gov/ the NIH branch that polices misconduct, between 1994 and 2001. They report that 19 of the 37 scientists for whom they were able to find publication data continued to publish at least...

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