A theoretical comparison of the models of prevention of research misconduct

Account Res. 2010 Mar;17(2):51-66. doi: 10.1080/08989621003641132.


The current methods of dealing with research misconduct involve detection and rectification after the incident has already occurred. This method of monitoring scientific integrity exerts considerable negative effects on the concerned persons and is also wasteful of time and resources. Time has arrived for research administrators to focus seriously on prevention of misconduct. In this article, preventive models suggested earlier by Weed and Reason have been combined to arrive at six models of prevention. This is an effort to streamline the thinking regarding misconduct prevention, so that the advantages and disadvantages of each can be weighed and the method most appropriate for the institute chosen.

MeSH terms

  • Ethics, Research
  • Fraud / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Models, Theoretical*
  • Scientific Misconduct*