Scientific misconduct

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Scientific misconduct is pseudo-scientifiuc activity that includes misinformation of colleagues about events, observations and/or results of scientific experiments.


Classification of scientific misconduct

Scientific misconduct may include the following actions:

1. Unauthorized moving (or even removing) of data at a public server, unauthorized blocking the access to the public data.

2. Censorship, attempts to prevent publication and distribution of concepts of opponents or spreading information about somebody's misconduct.

3. Authoritarism (Authoritarianism, suppression of opponents by using of administrative resources instead of scientific argumentation.

4. Alteration of primary experimental data, fabrication of fake scientific data and evidences.

5. Plagiarism, pretension to be an author of the results, previously obtained (and, perhaps, published) by colleagues.

6. Intrigues, misinformation of colleagues about actions, opinions and goals of other colleagues.

7. Trolling, pretensions to be someone else with goal to destruct attention of colleagues, preventing scientific discussion of certain topics.

8. Fishing, pretensions to be someone else, with goal to get access to confidential information.

9. Fraud, promises to help, followed by aggressive, destructive actions instead of help.


For fabrication of fake data or alteration of data, the term falsification may be also used.

The same term may have also almost opposite meaning, while talking about refutability os a scientific concept; sometimes, this property is called also falsifiability.

For this reason, in TORI, the use of term falsification is not recommended; the more specific terms Fabrication of fake evidences, alteration of primary data and scientific fraud can be used.




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