On Fact and Fraud: Cautionary Tales from the Front Lines of Science

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Appendix
Caltech Policy on Research Misconduct

Note: This policy is intended to be compatible with the
government-wide policy of the United States. It is referred to as
a policy on research misconduct rather than research fraud
because the government did not want the Institution responsible
for proving that fraud had occurred.


Preamble

Research misconduct is historically a rare occurrence, especially at Caltech, where all members of the community are bound by a very effective code of honor. However, should an instance arise of either real or apparent misconduct, the Institute must act swiftly and decisively, while affording maximum possible protection both to the “whistle blower” (complainant) and to the accused (respondent). That is the intent of this policy.

The term research misconduct has been chosen instead of the narrower scientific misconduct to describe this policy. It refers to all research conducted at the Institute. The chair of each division is responsible for informing the division's faculty, staff, and students of the Institute's policy with regard to research misconduct, and for interpreting this policy. This policy is not intended to deal with other problems, such as disputes over

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On Fact and Fraud: Cautionary Tales from the Front Lines of Science
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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Preface xi
  • One - Setting the Stage 1
  • Two - In the Matter of Robert Andrews Millikan 29
  • Three - Bad News in Biology 51
  • Four - Codifying Misconduct:Evolving Approaches in the 1990s 59
  • Five - The Cold Fusion Chronicles 69
  • Six - Fraud in Physics 97
  • Seven - The Breakthrough That Wasn't Too Good to Be True 107
  • Eight - What Have We Learned? 127
  • Appendix - Caltech Policy on Research Misconduct 135
  • Acknowledgments 147
  • Notes 149
  • Index 155
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