How to blow the Whistle and still have a career afterwards

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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.

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Correspondence to C. K. Gunsalus JD.

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Ms. Gunsalus, an attorney, has been responsible for a wide range of compliance issues and academic policy matters at her university including responding to allegations of scientific misconduct. She served on the United States Commission on Research Integrity and spent six years on the AAAS Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility, four of them as chair.

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Gunsalus, C.K. How to blow the Whistle and still have a career afterwards. SCI ENG ETHICS 4, 51–64 (1998). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11948-998-0007-0

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Keywords

  • ethics
  • policies
  • scientific misconduct
  • young scientists
  • whistleblowing