Research Ethics and Whistle-Blowing

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
Francis Bacon

Elsevier’s Editors’ Update (Issue 40) has Ethics as topic. The articles are worth reading. The PDF is available on their website.

In one of the article was a reference to a paper by Gunsalus:

Gunsalus, C.K. (1998). “How to blow the whistle and still have a career afterwards.” Science and Engineering Ethics, 4(1), 51-64.

which also looks very interesting. Considering the often disastrous consequences of whistle-blowing (or rather: of working with/for unethical researchers, see e.g., Couzin, 2006, and Ruhlen, 2006), the paper gives helpful and interesting information.


  • Couzin, J. (2006). Truth and Consequences. Science, 313, 1222–1226.
  • Ruhlen, R. L. (2006). What Happens to the Whistleblowers? Science, 314(5797), 251–252.

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