"Many people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character." -- Albert Einstein
Integrity in Scientific Research attempts to define and describe those elements that encourage individuals involved with scientific research to act with integrity.
Recognizing the inconsistency of human behavior, it stresses the important role that research institutions play in providing an integrity--rich environment, citing the need for institutions to provide staff with training and education, policies and procedures, and tools and support systems. It identifies practices that characterize integrity in such areas as peer review and research on human subjects and weighs the strengths and limitations of self--evaluation efforts by these institutions. In addition, it details an approach to promoting integrity during the education of researchers, including how to develop an effective curriculum. Providing a framework for research and educational institutions, this important book will be essential for anyone concerned about ethics in the scientific community.
"The committee set up to consider these issues is an impressively qualified group. ...this work provides a solid starting point for those interested in the subject. It may even become the reference point against which other works are calibrated. The statements within it are authoritative, the opinions impeccable and the references legion. Not an easy read, but worth sticking with to the end."
-- The Quality Assurance Journal, March 2004