ForensicSciMedPathol(2017)13:399 DOI 10.1007/s12024-017-9875-4 BOOK REVIEW Ian Freckelton QC, Scholarly misconduct – law, regulation, and practice Oxford University Press, 2016, ISBN 978–0–19-875,540-1 Roger W. Byard Accepted: 18 April 2017 /Published online: 11 May 2017 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2017 Unfortunately it is not very often that I can confidently state that a In addition to very carefully classifying dishonest academic text is outstanding, however Freckelton has produced a tour de activity, the author has embellished the book with detailed force – an extraordinary compilation and analysis of all facets of examples of many cases from all over the world to breathe scholarly misconduct. The text freely ranges from misconduct in life into the facts of his discussion. This on occasion involves the use of fascinating historical material and anecdotes, which basic research matters with fabrication of results to achieve funding, fame or publications, through to sexual misconduct by only serve to further enhance the interest of the text. Sadly it academics and substance abuse. No stone is left unturned. appears that bad academic behavior goes back at least as far as The text is well organized into twelve chapters, beginning the Greeks, and I am now sure, having read this book, that with a discussion of the principles and problems of miscon- many Neolithic petroglyphs were also probably plagiarized. duct in research with helpful examples and possible solutions. Although the author has done a superb job in weaving The McBride case, which is very familiar to the local together the sometimes sad and sordid tales of academic mis- Australian audience, is discussed along with conflicts of inter- behavior, towards the end of the text this reader was left with a est, nepotism and plagiarism. Of particular interest to forensic slight feeling of despair that such activity is so widespread and practitioners is Chapter 5, which deals with forensic miscon- often so poorly handled by authorities. However, we are not duct and mistakes and their legal sequelae. Cases such as that left in the lurch as one of the most important chapters is left to of Waneta Hoyt and Sally Clark are only too familiar to many the last. Here the author very methodically goes through the of us and are discussed in detail. previous examples of areas of misconduct and provide guide- Freckelton also deals with the sometimes far-reaching con- lines and possible solutions for dealing with them. sequences of such activities, whether it is in the adoption of The text is very reasonably priced and is really essential clinical treatment programs based on inaccurate or falsified reading for anyone connected to academic activities, institu- data, to court room decisions swayed by flawed testimony that tions and research. This book is certainly a must for all uni- can have a profound impact on sentencing. The failure to versity and academic libraries, and for all of us in academia adhere to ethical standards at all times in all fields of academia who may have to deal with such occurrences. Perhaps it not only debases it in specific areas, but casts doubt on the should be made required reading for all enrolling PhD and validity of high-quality work that is being generated by the higher degree students, and their supervisors. There are very majority of practitioners. few authors who could produce a book of this caliber. * Roger W. Byard firstname.lastname@example.org School of Medicine, The University of Adelaide, Frome Road, Level 3 Medical School North Building, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia
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