A Question of Trust

  • Peter TruranEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Philosophy book series (BRIEFSPHILOSOPH)


The high profile cases of scientific misconduct which have surfaced in recent years have highlighted the need for guidelines to help researchers avoid drifting over the line into fraud, and to ensure that honest researchers are in a position to effectively guard themselves against such accusations. Ultimately, the integrity and credibility of science depends upon the intellectual honesty of its researchers.


Vaccination Rate Good Laboratory Practice Research Misconduct Scientific Misconduct Laboratory Notebook 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for the Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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