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CAS joins hands with gov't departments in curbing scientific misconducts


Date: Jan 23rd, 2007

Author: CAS English News

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A joint conference has recently been co-established by six governmental departments and institutions, namely the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the Ministry of Education, the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the China Association for Science and Technology, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) to tackle the rising claims of scientific misconducts.


The major responsibilities of the joint conference are to provide guidance and policy measures for the development of scientific integrity in China, make investigations and communications regarding misconduct cases, and coordinate policy implementation.


 The working office is now located in the MOST to deal with reports against offenders from the public. Meanwhile, a consultation committee composed of some 15 distinguished experts from the scientific and legal circles has been organized for providing professional advice to the conference.



The system is set up to enhance the performance of the trial regulations against scientific misconducts issued last year and put into effect at the very beginning of 2007. As the first unified regulations in the country to put scholars' misbehavior into its legal system, the decision came after a number of high-profile cases of suspected scientific fraud and plagiarism in China in earlier 2006.