Academic integrity

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The scientific enterprise is built on a foundation of trust.… When this trust is misplaced and the professional standards of science are violated, researchers are not just professionally affronted—they feel that the base of their profession has been undermined. This would impact the relationship between science and society.

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The rewards of science are not easily achieved. At the frontiers of research, new knowledge is elusive and hard won. Researchers often are subject to great personal and professional pressures.

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Scientific integrity involves “leaning over backward” to provide a full and honest picture of the evidence that will allow others to judge the value of one’s scientific contribution. For the most part, this sort of behavior is part of the ordinary practice of science and occurs without special notice.

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Feynman first cited a core value — honesty — which is a central scientific character virtue, and then went on to show an example of what this means for behavior.

In saying that this requires a kind of “leaning over backwards,” Feynman clearly recognized that this prescription goes well beyond what is normally done or expected.

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Feynman closed his commencement address with a wish for his listeners, the graduating science students: “So I have just one wish for you—the good luck to be somewhere where you are free to maintain the kind of integrity I have described, and where you do not feel forced by a need to maintain your position in the organization, or financial support, or so on, to lose your integrity. May you have that freedom.” Fulfilling this wish requires more than individual virtue; it requires unified, vigilant support from the scientific community. Integrity in science involves a community of practice, unified by its shared values.