Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 51–64 | Cite as

How to blow the Whistle and still have a career afterwards

  • C. K. GunsalusEmail author


Filing charges of scientific misconduct can be a risky and dangerous endeavor. This article presents rules of conduct to follow when considering whether to report perceived misconduct, and a set of step-by-step procedures for responsible whistleblowing that describe how to do so once the decision to report misconduct has been made. This advice is framed within the university setting, and may not apply fully in industrial settings.


ethics policies scientific misconduct young scientists whistleblowing 


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© Opragen Publications 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of IllinoisChampaignUSA

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