Tenure-track, funding, peer-review publications, teaching, advising, graduation, dissertations, preliminary exams, certifications… are just some examples of the constant pressures that academics and researchers (including PhD and post-doctoral students) face daily. However, does this justify taking intellectual property of others, commit plagiarism, claim undeserved authorship, violations of rules, or falsification of data?
Nowadays, misconduct among researchers is happening more and more, and probably individuals think that they would never get caught? Several agencies constantly overlook this cases. For example, the Department of Health and Human Services, constantly reports findings of research misconduct.
On December, 2018 a PhD Student was accused for research misconduct for falsifying and fabricating data to manipulate data and increase statistical significance on 9 published studies. The student entered into a Voluntary Exclusion Agreement to be excluded of any contracting with any agency of the United States for a period of three years, to serve as advisor, committee bard, or peer review committee.
Read full report: https://ori.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/2018-12/2018-26379.pdf
Even if sometimes succeeding in the academic world results in tempting situations to ignore the ethic codes, misconduct is considered a serious violation on the scientific community. Scientists who commit research misconduct typically face corrective actions from employers and funding agencies, as well as significant professional stigma.
Despite all the pressures behind research misconduct, it is always better to have in mind that many are going nowhere fast.