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Data use

Fabricating or falsifying results, misrepresenting data and using electronic data sources inappropriately are all different ways of misusing data. They are obviously not ethical practices so why do people do it?

Students, and even academics and researchers, may use data inappropriately to obtain grants or funding, improve their research record, or complete their work in a limited time. However, whatever the reason, academic fraud has serious consequences.

Academic fraud not only damages the individual's career, but can also result in a loss of trust in the researcher's colleagues and the reputation of the institution. It also negatively impacts future research as it provides an unsound basis for researchers.  So the moral of all this is, "never fake it to make it".

Click on each of the images below to examine various examples of fabrication or falsifying results, the misrepresentation of data and the inappropriate use of electronic data sources.

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