Academic journal article Journal of Information Ethics

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Academic journal article Journal of Information Ethics

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"Corruption Plagues Academe Around the World" The Chronicle of Higher Education (August 2, 2002), pp. A32-37.

This is a series of brief articles (case studies) concerning academic corruption (bribery, cheating, plagiary, graft) in Columbia, China, Georgia, and India. Finland is ranked highest and Bangladesh lowest on a scale called the Corruption Perception Index. This is all extremely disheartening.

"Hot Type: Kiss and Disclose" Lila Guterman. The Chronicle of Higher Education (December 6, 2002), p. Ai8.

A group of 45 scientists have accused Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology (an Elsevier publication) of masquerading as a refereed journal, whereas in reality it is nothing more than an "industry mouthpiece." Authors are compensated by companies that subsequently cite the essays to convince regulators to alter their positions.

"Editors and Lobbyists Wage High-Tech War Over Letters" Jennifer 8. Lee. The New York Times (January 27, 2003), p. Ci0.

Political organizations are foisting ideologically motivated letters to editors on unsuspecting readers under the impression that they are the work of the signee. In reality, these pieces are written by the organizations-the Republican National Committee or Planned Parenthood-and sent again and again to a diversity of publications over the signatures of different people. It is unethical and dishonest to suborn the naive into cooperating as well as to deceive readers. Editors are fighting back. One must read the letters to the editor with some degree of skepticism. (The simple solution to this is to publish only verified letters confirmed through a notarized statement. And tangentially, editors should stop publishing op-ed page pieces produced by think tanks.)

"The Impact of Ethics on Research" Frederick Grinnell. The Chronicle of Higher Education (October 4, 2002), p. Bi5.

The author contends that what scientists do in the laboratory is so ambiguous that "too much regulation in the attempt to prevent research misconduct is risky." Rather all those involved should pro- mote integrity. No one, I am sure, would gainsay this, but in order to provide for the contingencies that continually arise, regulation, law, and punishment are mandatory concomitants. (Editorial note)

"Geography and ethics: progress, or more of the same?" David M. Smith. Progress in Human Geography, 25 (2) (200i), pp. 26i-268.

One might not expect to find geography and ethics cohabiting, but as it happens, many axiological questions arise in geographic studies including environmental, distribution, zoological, wilderness, spatial, and distance issues. …

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