Offending researchers could face restrictions on jobs, loans and business opportunities under a system tied to the controversial social credit policy.
Researchers in China who commit scientific misconduct could soon be prevented from getting a bank loan, running a company or applying for a public-service job. The government has announced an extensive punishment system that could have significant consequences for offenders — far beyond their academic careers.
Irrespective of how you feel about China’s Social Credit Policy, it will be fascinating to see if this bold plan will alter the perceived risks/rewards for researchers who contemplate cheating.
“Almost all aspects of daily life for the guilty scientists could be affected,” says Chen Bikun, who studies scientific evaluation systems at Nanjing University of Science and Technology.