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Whistleblowing in Science: in the Lion's Den

De Peuter, Steven and Storms, Gert (2021) Whistleblowing in Science: in the Lion's Den. [Preprint]

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Abstract

With the growing emphasis on scientific integrity as a way to curb research misconduct, the “moral obligation to act” when a researcher observes a breach of integrity is becoming stronger. However, it takes a lot of courage to blow the whistle as it can have an enormous impact on the whistleblower’s career and personal well-being – and that of colleagues and researchers associated with the perpetrator. Therefore, it is important to be cognizant of the stressful process that accompanies the act of whistleblowing, to provide clear and accessible procedures to report misconduct, and to support whistleblowers throughout the process. Furthermore, it is essential that appropriate whistleblower protection measures are in place and enforced. Based on our review, we argue that an obligation to report scientific misconduct would currently do more harm than good.


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De Peuter, Stevensteven.depeuter@kuleuven.be0000-0003-4137-4431
Storms, Gertgert.storms@kuleuven.be0000-0002-4100-8725
Keywords: Whistleblowing, research integrity, research misconduct, retaliation, stress
Subjects: General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr. Steven De Peuter
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2021 04:23
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2021 04:23
Item ID: 19632
Subjects: General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 28 September 2021
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19632

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