2014-01-29 How Can We Better Tackle Academic Fraud?
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The scientific world has never been free from academic fraud that manifests itself in one way or another. In some cases, it could be a rookie researcher trying to publish more papers by resorting to means of forgery and deception. While in other cases, it could be a much worse scenario where seemingly crucial but fraudulent research findings misled other scientists who try to push the envelope of science.
So how to keep academic fraud at bay remains a crucial issue for the advancement of varied scientific disciplines. It is even more important for China as the country aims to make scientific advancement the corner stone for its future. China's scientific research funding as a percentage of GDP, at around 2%, has surpassed most European countries in 2012 according to the OECD. How to make the best use of these funds remains a challenge for the country.
So how can we keep academic fraud in check? What can China do make sure that research funds can be fully tapped into?
Ni Hao, you're listening to People In the Know, bringing you insights into the headlines in China, and around the world, I'm Zheng Chenguang in Beijing.
We speak to Dr. Bruce Alberts, former Editor-in-Chief of Science and former president of the US National Academy of Sciences, and Professor Frederick K.S. Leung, Director of Education and Development for Research Integrity, the University of Hong Kong.