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Repairing research integrity

A survey suggests that many research misconduct incidents in the United States go unreported to the Office of Research Integrity. Sandra L. Titus, James A. Wells and Lawrence J. Rhoades say it's time to change that.

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Titus, S., Wells, J. & Rhoades, L. Repairing research integrity. Nature 453, 980–982 (2008).

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