Some countries, such as Australia, approach research misconduct at an institutional level. This isn’t flawed per se, but it does limit your approach to tackle the problem or perception of its impact. A focus upon the institutional level probably reflects the degree to which institutions had input into, and impact upon, the national guidelines. So this Japanese approach is both noteworthy and commendable.
Increased focus on scientific developments and technological innovations and continuously rising research funding have led to numerous cases of research misconduct that blurs the boundaries between ethics, science, and culture. In our paper, we aim to develop a framework for understanding management and governance in the self-discipline stance, based on case studies from Japan. We adopted a quantity approach by examining cases from 2015 to 2019 provided by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology of Japan (MEXT), seeking to analyze the relationship between the handling of research misconduct in Japan and the relevant national regulations from the perspective of behavior definition, investigation process, responsibility, the process of the investigator, and handling measures. The results of this analysis will help to determine improved methods for processing and making decisions, and conducting assessments while examining cases of research misconduct.
Japan, research integrity, guideline administration, investigation framework, case study, research misconduct
Yuan, C., & Yong, Z. (2021). Procedures and Principles of Disposal of Research Misconduct in Japan From the Perspective of Case Analysis. SAGE Open. https://doi.org/10.1177/21582440211059173
Publisher (Open Access): https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/21582440211059173