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Institute of Medicine Urges Colleges to Improve Research Integrity

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A report issued by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) stated that colleges should work harder to educate faculty members and students to help deter scientific fraud, according to an article by Jeffrey Brainard in The Chronicle of Higher Education published on July 18. Institutions and outside accreditors should measure the progress of such efforts, the report states. The report, titled “Integrity in Scientific Research: Creating an Environment that Promotes Responsible Conduct,” argues that the federal government should not require universities to set up programs to promote the integrity of research and stop scientific fraud, which includes plagiarism and fabrication of data. Universities would probably make more progress if they were encouraged to …

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