The Clinton administration has proposed a new governmentwide definition of research misconduct within a federal policy that establishes basic guidelines for fair and timely investigations of alleged or suspected infractions. The policy, which was published in the Oct. 14 Federal Register, will apply to all federally funded research regardless of who conducts the research or whether it is conducted in federal, university, or private labs.

"This policy provides needed consistency and clear guidance to the research community about the government's interest in the integrity of the research record. We must sustain the public's trust in the methods and results of our public research," said Neal Lane, assistant to the president for science and technology, in a prepared statement.

Following a 60-day public comment period and resulting revisions, the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) will issue a final policy for agencies to implement. The proposed policy, in addition...

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