More research misconduct cases found in 2020
Only about 6 in 10 university faculty members, including professors and graduate students, are aware of what research misconduct is and the process of investigating it, according to a report by the National Research Foundation of Korea.
This news story doesn’t reflect well on South Korea. But institutions in other countries shouldn’t kid themselves. In our experience conducting research Integrity work across Australasia, we have seen the same situation many times. Even when the institution has conducted or when is rising activities. The challenge is to embed awareness into people’s perception of good research practice.
The report, which was released Wednesday, showed around 40 percent of the respondents weren’t fully aware of what research misconduct is. Among them, 30 percent said they knew the definition of research misconduct, but not how the investigation process works, while 3.5 percent, or 81 people, said they knew neither the definition or the process.
Although the portion of university faculty members aware of both the definition of research misconduct and the process of verifying it increased by 10.9 percentage points from the previous report’s 51.2 percent, the number of research misconduct has gone up in the recent years.