I've been busy the last few weeks. I've been witnessing a lot of things that make me uncomfortable, not to mention feeling pressured to do things that deviate from my own personal moral North.
But in what order should I list them?
The person who seems to be massaging data, desperate to compete despite lacking the skills.
Right now it's only a suspicion, there's no way to prove it. Do I just wait and hope that the peer review system will catch it (not likely)? Sometimes I wish there were
an anonymous hotline for these things, like they have for sexual harrassment at some schools.
The person who admits to having published something a few years ago that now seems to be wrong. No intentions of correcting the mistake through retraction, corrigendum or future publication.
This happens so much I'm not even sure it's worth commenting on. But how much time has been wasted by groups who have tried to reproduce the erroneous results? Do we have any obligation to report these things when we find or know about them?
The person who sacrifices creativity to get funding. And then works on things totally unrelated to the grant.
Is this really a habit we want to continue? Pressuring imaginative scientists to shut off their imaginations, or sneak around to do what really seems interesting or important?