Push to Publish Spurs Fabricated Research in China
Because the status and pay of Chinese scholars is based on the amount of published research, unethical practices have been exposed by Western experts. (Rampant Cheating Could Degrade China's Research Ambitions - Austin American-Statesman from Associated Press, April 20, 2010). But plagiarism, faked research, and related misdeeds are not considered to be serious problems by all Chinese academics. Lu Keqian, a former teacher freely admits that he receives $45 to write papers, saying that "great leaders Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping needed help writing." Some 70 papers from Jinggangshan University were found to be "fabricated" by a British journal in December.
If there is rampant academic misconduct, do you think the results of all research studies conducted in China should be reviewed?
Why do you think the writer mentioned in the article thinks that writing for others isn't wrong?
Why Discuss Academic Integrity and Workplace Ethics?
Our society operates on the assumption that people want to do their jobs with integrity. We rely on that guideline when we trust a mechanic to fix our car, a doctor to identify what illness we have, and a restaurant chef to cook our food so it's safe to eat. It is the hope that students follow academic integrity principles so they can be assessed on their own work fairly. And when those students reach the workplace, we trust that they use the knowledge and skills learned honestly to serve their employers and clients in an ethical manner.
This blog discusses these issues proactively to encourage integrity in college and at work. The information provided is for educational use only. Views expressed are not reflective of the Lone Star College System.