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Scientific Integrity and Research Ethics

An Approach from the Ethos of Science


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Ethics book series (BRIEFSETHIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. David Koepsell
    Pages 13-23
  3. David Koepsell
    Pages 25-36
  4. David Koepsell
    Pages 37-48
  5. David Koepsell
    Pages 49-60
  6. David Koepsell
    Pages 61-71
  7. David Koepsell
    Pages 73-84
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 97-115

About this book


This book is an easy to read, yet comprehensive introduction to practical issues in research ethics and scientific integrity. It addresses questions about what constitutes appropriate academic and scientific behaviors from the point of view of what Robert Merton called the “ethos of science.” In other words, without getting into tricky questions about the nature of the good or right (as philosophers often do), Koepsell’s concise book provides an approach to behaving according to the norms of science and academia without delving into the morass of philosophical ethics. 
The central thesis is that: since we know certain behaviors are necessary for science and its institutions to work properly (rather than pathologically), we can extend those principles to guide good behaviors as scientists and academics.
The Spanish version of this book was commissioned by the Mexican National Science Foundation (CONACyT) and is being distributed to and used by Mexican scientists in a unique, national plan to improve scientific integrity throughout all of Mexico. Available now in English, the examples and strategies employed can be used throughout the English speaking research world for discussing issues in research ethics, training for scientists and researchers across disciplines, and those who are generally interested in ethics in academia.


Scientific Integrity and Research Ethics Research (Mis)Conduct Issues of Authorship Intellectual Property Conflicts of Interest Ethics Committees Appropriate academic and scientific behavior Philosophical ethics Plagiarism Self-Plagiarism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Research and Strategic Initiatives at Comisión Nacional de Bioética (CONBIOETICA) MexicoUniversidad Autonoma Metropolitan – XochimilcoMexico CityMexico

About the authors

David Koepsell is an author, philosopher, attorney (retired), and educator whose recent research focuses on the nexus of science, technology, ethics, and public policy. He has provided commentary regarding ethics, society, religion, and technology on: MSNBC, Fox News Channel, The Guardian, The Washington Times, NPR Radio, Radio Free Europe, Air America, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and the Associated Press, among others. He has been a tenured Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Technology, Policy, and Management in the Netherlands, Visiting Professor at UNAM, Instituto de Filosoficas and the Unidad Posgrado, Mexico, Director of Research and Strategic Initiatives at COMISIÓN NACIONAL DE BIOÉTICA in Mexico, and Asesor de Rector at UAM Xochimilco

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Scientific Integrity and Research Ethics
  • Book Subtitle An Approach from the Ethos of Science
  • Authors David Koepsell
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Ethics
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Ethics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-51276-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-51277-8
  • Series ISSN 2211-8101
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-811X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 115
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Research Ethics
    History of Science
    Philosophy of Science
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