Defining Scientific Integrity

Jan De Winter

Abstract


Because society depends so thoroughly on advances in scientific knowledge, the integrity of scientific research has become of utmost importance.  Yet scientific integrity is hard to define.  There are many instances where it is breached even when there is no falsification or fabrication of evidence.  To pass muster scientific research must meet epistemic standards implicit in the kind o inquiry it is, but a general definition of these standards is elusive.

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