academic ethics

News of £3.7m Cambridge Donation Censored

Fears arose last month that the Chinese government is covertly attempting to buy influence at Cambridge University with a large donation whose organiser has close ties to Beijing. The Telegraph now reports that news of the...

Academic Integrity Under Fire in China Scandals

Two recent scandals in China have generated heated debates online about integrity and honesty in both academia and the corporate world. First, former chairman of Microsoft China, Tang Jun, has been under fire for allegedly lying...

Rampant Cheating Hurts China’s Research Ambitions

From AP: When professors in China need to author research papers to get promoted, many turn to people like Lu Keqian. Working on his laptop in a cramped spare bedroom, the former schoolteacher ghostwrites for professors,...

Publish or Perish in China

The journal Nature has an article about academic pressures and misconduct in China. Only the first paragraph is available without subscription on the Nature website: The latest in a string of high-profile academic fraud cases in...

Lancet Urges China To Tackle Scientific Fraud

From BBC News: The British medical journal the Lancet has urged China’s authorities to do more to tackle scientific fraud. Recently, dozens of papers were found to be faked. “China’s government must assume...

Chinese Academia Ghost-writing ‘Widespread’

From BBC News: More than $100m (£63m) changes hands in China every year for ghost-written academic papers, according to research by a Chinese university. The study, by Wuhan University, says Chinese academics and students often...

China Targets an Academic Culture of Cut-and-Paste

The Christian Science Monitor reports on academic fraud in China: The latest fraud to rock Chinese academia centers on He Haibo, an associate professor of pharmacology at the prestigious Zhejiang University. He now admits to...

China Blacklists 13 Academicians for Fraud – Xinhua

From Xinhua: The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) has blacklisted 13 academicians for fraud, sources with the foundation said Friday. This is the NSFC’s fourth round of “naming and shaming” of scholarly fraudsters since 2005. The fraudulent practices included unattributed quotes, plagiarism, falsifying signatures, fabricating personal information and scientific data and violating application […]

Peking University’s fake sea turtles – Joel Martinsen

From Danwei blog: Early last month, Harvard math professor Qiu Chengtong accused Peking University of listing on its faculty “foreign professors” who in reality had little or nothing to do with the school. The...

University head says China’s academic ethics at rock bottom

From The People’s Daily: Presidents of leading Chinese universities on Friday blasted the country’s rampant academic misconduct, blaming a ridiculous research assessment system and declining ethical standards. “Overall academic ethics have hit rock bottom,” Zhu Qingshi, president of Chinese Science and Technology University, told Chinese and foreign university heads in Shanghai for the week-long University […]

Research fraud rampant in China – Robert Marquand

From the Christian Science Monitor (link): For scientists and researchers in China, the Chen case, while embarrassing, is all too typical. Other fraud cases are coming to light that reveal a deeply ingrained habit of plagiarism, falsification, and corruption – widely recognized, but not widely policed or punished in Chinese universities. The stunning revelation of […]



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