Science and Policy for Sustainable Development: Bad Scientific Practice and Plagiarism

  • Joost PlatjeEmail author
  • Eckhard Burkatzki
Part of the World Sustainability Series book series (WSUSE)


Objective and honest science supports sustainable development by identifying problems and solutions as well as the provision of knowledge and information, enabling the redefinition of developmental goals. Bad scientific practice and plagiarism do not only lead to the production of useless publications, but may also have wrong decisions regarding policy for sustainable development as a consequence. The aim of this article is to create a theoretical framework for analysing the causes and consequences of bad science and plagiarism. Furthermore, the author will discuss a checklist for usefulness of policy research (Kampen and Tamas 2014), enabling policy makers as well as scientific reviewers to reduce the transaction costs for identifying bad scientific practice and plagiarism.


Sustainable development Scientific methodology Plagiarism Checklist for policy research 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wrocław School of BankingWrocławPoland
  2. 2.IHI Zittau/TU DresdenZittauGermany

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