BMJ survey on research misconduct

We conducted an electronic survey of our UK-based submitting authors and reviewers about research misconduct in the UK.  We invited 9,036 to take part and 2,782 responded (31%) within a week. We asked them if they had witnessed, or had firsthand knowledge of, UK-based scientists or doctors inappropriately adjusting, excluding, altering or fabricating data during their research or for the purposes of publication.  We also asked them if they were aware of any cases of possible research misconduct at their institution that, in their view, had not been properly investigated?  354 (13%) reported they had witnessed or hand firsthand knowledge of misconduct and 163 (6%) felt that cases had not been properly investigated.

Details of our methods and study limitations are provided in the PowerPoint presentation below.

BMJ research misconduct survey for posting on

  • Interesting. I regularly lecture about scientific misconduct (based on a chapter in my book on medical research: http://www.studentlitteratur.s…. I have several times asked the PhD students in the audience to answer an anonymized web survey about scientific misconduct and usually about 5% of the respondents claim to have witnessed misconduct.

    Sincerely, Jonas F Ludvigsson (paediatrician and researcher)
    Örebro University Hospital, Karolinska Institutet and Mayo Clinic (Fulbright Research Scholar)

  • 11jigen
    Alleged image fraud by Kato lab at the University of TokyoResearch misconduct? Fabrication? Falsification? Unintentional and inadvertent mistake? Coincidental similarity? Shigeaki Kato laboratory : Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, University of Tokyo, 1-1-1 Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0032, Japan.

  • Stavros Saripanidis

    Junior staff does not know!

    Well connected, despotic, University Professors
    or corrupted Senior Researchers will cover their misconduct well.

    They are certainly not going to inform junior
    members of their Departments on research frauds or illegal funding!

    So by questioning staff we just miss how
    extensive the problem is.

    Only proper legal investigation can uncover all
    the facts.

    At least this is what we found out in Greece,
    where European Community research funds have been used to buy Ferrari cars or
    build mountain villas.  [3][5]

    In Greece we also find extensive inbreeding,
    nepotism, plagiarism and “guest author” publishing in Universities, especially
    Medical Schools.  [1][2][4]


    [1]  Lack
    of meritocracy exacerbates research fraud: the example of Greece.

    [2]  Greek
    academia is plagued by inbreeding, nepotism, conflicts of interest, partisan
    politics, Professor Synolakis letter to Nature:

    Medical research in Greece has no strategy, no formal standards, no
    evaluation procedures, no transparency, no evaluation of research staff, no
    ranking body, but instead heavy bureaucracy pervades, Stavros Saripanidis’
    Rapid Responses in:

    Extensive inbreeding, nepotism, plagiarism and “guest author”
    publishing in Greek University Medical Schools, Stavros Saripanidis’ Rapid
    Response in:



    Stavros Saripanidis, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Thessaloniki, Greece.