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Stealing into Print

Fraud, Plagiarism, And Misconduct In Scientific Publishing

By Marcel C. (Marcel Chotkowski) LaFollette

False data published by a psychologist influence policies for treating the mentally retarded. A Nobel Prize-winning molecular biologist resigns the presidency of Rockefeller University in the wake of a scandal involving a co-author accused of fabricating data. A university investigating committee declares that almost half the published articles of a promising young radiologist are fraudulent.

Incidents like these strike at the heart of the scientific enterprise and shake the confidence of a society accustomed to thinking of scientists as selfless seekers of truth. Marcel LaFollette's long-awaited book gives a penetrating examination of the world of scientific publishing in which such incidents of misconduct take place. Because influential scientific journals have been involved in the controversies, LaFollette focuses on the fragile "peer review" process—the editorial system of seeking pre-publication opinions from experts. She addresses the cultural glorification of science, which, combined with a scientist's thirst for achievement, can seem to make cheating worth the danger. She describes the great risks taken by the accusers—often scholars of less prestige and power than the accused—whom she calls "nemesis figures" for their relentless dedication to uncovering dishonesty.

In sober warning, LaFollette notes that impatient calls from Congress, journalists, and taxpayers for greater accountability from scientists have important implications for the entire system of scientific research and communication.

Provocative and learned, Stealing Into Print is certain to become the authoritative work on scientific fraud, invaluable to the scientific community, policy makers, and the general public.

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Format: Book
Author: LaFollette, Marcel C. (Marcel Chotkowski)
Title: Stealing into print : fraud, plagiarism, and misconduct in scientific publishing / Marcel C. LaFollette.
Publisher Date: Berkeley : University of California Press, c1992.
Subject: Science publishing -- Moral and ethical aspects Publishers and publishing -- Professional ethics Technical writing -- Moral and ethical aspects Authorship -- Moral and ethical aspects Scientists -- Professional ethics Plagiarism
Isbn: 0520078314 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Call Number: 179.9 LaF
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Bib Id: 117885

Format: Book
Author: LaFollette, Marcel C. (Marcel Chotkowski)
Title: Stealing into print : fraud, plagiarism, and misconduct in scientific publishing / Marcel C. LaFollette.
Publisher, Date: Berkeley : University of California Press, c1992.
Description: viii, 293 p. ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Science publishing -- Moral and ethical aspects
Subjects: Publishers and publishing -- Professional ethics
Subjects: Technical writing -- Moral and ethical aspects
Subjects: Authorship -- Moral and ethical aspects
Subjects: Scientists -- Professional ethics
Subjects: Plagiarism
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 263-280) and index.
LCCN: 91041669
ISBN: 0520078314 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 179.9 LaF