Researchers experience of misconduct in research in Malaysian higher education institutions

Angelina Patrick Olesen, Latifah Amin, Zurina Mahadi

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This article offers a qualitative analysis of research misconduct witnessed by researchers during their careers, either by research students or fellow researchers, when conducting or supervising research in their respective departments. Interviews were conducted with 21 participants from various research backgrounds and with a range of research experience, from selected universities in Malaysia. Our study found that misbehavior such as manipulating research data, misrepresentation of research outcomes, plagiarism, authorship disputes, breaching of research protocols, and unethical research management was witnessed by participants among junior and senior researchers, albeit for different reasons. This indicates that despite the steps taken by the institutions to monitor research misconduct, it still occurs in the research community in Malaysian institution of higher education. Therefore, it is important to admit that misconduct still occurs and to create awareness and knowledge of it, particularly among the younger generation of researchers. The study concludes that it is better for researchers to be aware of the behaviors that are considered misconduct as well as the factors that contribute to misconduct to solve this problem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalAccountability in Research
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 28 Feb 2018

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Keywords

  • Authorship disputes
  • breaching research protocol
  • higher learning institution
  • Malaysia
  • plagiarism
  • research misconduct

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  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences

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Researchers experience of misconduct in research in Malaysian higher education institutions. / Olesen, Angelina Patrick; Amin, Latifah; Mahadi, Zurina.

In: Accountability in Research, 28.02.2018, p. 1-17.

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