Federal agencies can do more to ensure correction of the literature when research misconduct is found

Account Res. 2018;25(6):370-372. doi: 10.1080/08989621.2018.1505513. Epub 2018 Aug 22.


Federal agencies can do more to ensure the integrity of the peer-reviewed literature including providing timely notice of misconduct findings or admissions regarding published articles, requiring the individual found guilty of misconduct to provide notice to affected journals, and to work with the journals and co-authors on making appropriate correction. The case of Andrew Cullinane underscores weakness in the current U.S. government administrative processes and the negative impact on journals.

Keywords: Authorship; ethics and public policy; publication ethics; research ethics; research integrity; research misconduct.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Government Agencies / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Periodicals as Topic / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Retraction of Publication as Topic*
  • Scientific Misconduct / legislation & jurisprudence*