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Ethics in Science

Ethical Misconduct in Scientific Research, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

By John G D'Angelo

CRC Press

144 pages

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Providing the tools necessary for a robust debate, this fully revised and updated second edition of Ethics in Science: Ethical Misconduct in Scientific Research explains various forms of scientific misconduct. The first part describes a variety of ethical violations, why they occur, how they are handled, and what can be done to prevent them along with a discussion of the peer-review process. The second presents real-life case studies that review the known facts, allowing readers to decide for themselves whether an ethical violation has occurred and if so, what should be done. With 4 new chapters and an updated selection of case studies, this text provides resources for guided discussion of topical controversies and how to prevent scientific misconduct.

Key Features:

  • Fully revised and updated text which explains the various forms of scientific misconduct.
  • New chapters include hot topics such as Ethics of the Pharmaceutical Industry, The Responsibility of Science to the Environment and Summary of Ethics Guidelines of STEM Professional Societies.
  • Provides the necessary tools to lead students in the discussion of topical controversies.
  • Includes descriptions of real ethical case studies, a number of which are new for the Second Edition.
  • This book is applicable to any science and any level of education.
  • Table of Contents

    Scientific misconduct in research: What is it, why does it happen, and how do we identify when it happens?

    • What constitutes scientific misconduct?
    • Authorship and intellectual property.
    • Bad ethics vs. bad science.
    • New results that prove old results wrong.
    • The whistle-blower’s dilemma.

    What are the penalties for scientific misconduct?

    • Human and animal subjects.

    What is peer review’s role in scientific misconduct?

    • Revisiting Vlad and Frankie.
    • Can peer reviewers be unethical?
    • What effect on the public does scientific misconduct have?
    • MMR and autism.
    • Climategate.
    • HIV vaccine.
    • Animal rights groups.
    • Cold fusion.
    • Bernard Kettlewell.
    • Electromagnetic field and high-tension power lines.
    • Fracking and pollution.

    What constitutes responsible conduct from the point+A76 of view of human and animal subjects in research?

    The ethics of the pharmaceutical industry.

    Science and the public.

    The role of government in scientific misconduct?

    The responsibility of science to the environment.

    Is there some research that shouldn’t be done because of threats the results may pose to society?

    Summary of ethics guidelines of STEM professional societies.

    Can Scientific misconduct be prevented?

    • Intentional negligence in acknowledgment of previous work.
    • Deliberate fabrication of data.
    • Deliberate omission of known data that doesn’t agree with hypotheses.
    • Passing another researcher’s data as one’s own.
    • Publication of results without consent of all the researchers.
    • Failure to acknowledge all the researchers who performed the work.
    • Conflict-of-interest issues.
    • Repeated publication of too-similar results.
    • Breach of confidentiality.
    • Misrepresenting others’ work.
    • Wrapping up.
    • Case Studies.
    • Darwin and Wallace.
    • Rangaswamy Srinivasan–VISX patent dispute.
    • Schwartz and Mirkin.
    • Corey and Woodward.
    • Córdova, Scripps Research Institute, and Stockholm University.
    • La Clair and hexacyclinol.
    • Woodward and quinine.
    • DNA.
    • David Baltimore and Teresa Imanishi-Kari.
    • John Fenn–Yale patent dispute.
    • VIOXX®.


    About the Author

    On September 14, 1978, I was born to Josephine and John D’Angelo. I was blessed

    with an enormously happy childhood, with two brothers and lots of cousins nearby

    and friends to play with, rarely was I bored or alone. A third brother, sadly, watches

    over all of us and I truly hope that one day I will meet him in paradise.

    In my junior year in High School (1994–1995), I took chemistry. It was here that

    the seeds for my career were planted, watered, and fertilized and for that I thank Mr.

    Joe Dixon sincerely. After graduating, I went to SUNY Stony Brook, with the intentions

    of becoming a High School teacher, myself. However, after taking Organic, I

    was hooked and switched gears to become a college teacher. After graduating in the

    year 2000, I went on to the University of Connecticut where I received my Ph.D. in

    Organic Chemistry under Michael B. Smith in 2005 and subsequently immediately

    began a Post-Doc at The Johns Hopkins University in the lab of the late Gary H.


    In August 2007, I joined the faculty of the Chemistry Department at Alfred

    University. In 2013, I was awarded tenure and promotion to Associate professor of

    Chemistry, my current rank. This is the third book I have authored. The first was

    the first edition of this book and the second was a book I co-authored with my Ph.D.

    advisor called Hybrid Retrysynthesis: Organic Synthesis using Reaxys and Scifinder.

    I am currently working on a text for organic chemistry classes with the online text

    publisher, Top Hat, and expect this text will be available in Fall 2018. This second

    edition would make four books and I am currently planning a fifth which would be a

    workbook for scientific ethics training seminars.

    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
    SCIENCE / Physics
    TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Material Science