Ethical Conduct in Science

Key Stage 4 Science / General Science

Sample Question

A researcher discovered some errors in his report, but now, it's too late to correct them, because the report has been published in a journal. Which of the following describes the next step the researcher should take?

  • The researcher should write to the publishers and notify them, in detail, of the mistake in his report.
  • The error was not a deliberate act. Therefore, the Dr. Bree should do nothing because the mistake he made was not deliberate
  • Scientist can make absolutely no errors in reports. Therefore, the researcher should not do anything, otherwise he will suffer consequences from the scientific community.
  • The researcher's report is published already. There is nothing he can do to correct the mistake he made.
  • The researcher should not worry about this and get on with other work.

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Key Stage 4 Science