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On Being a Scientist:: Responsible Conduct in Research, Second Edition Paperback – International Edition, January 10, 1995

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ISBN-13: 978-0309051965 ISBN-10: 0309051967 Edition: 2 Sub

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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: National Academies Press; 2 Sub edition (January 10, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0309051967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0309051965
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,570,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paula JP on March 31, 2000
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This well-written primer grounds both neophyte and experienced scientist in the culture of Western science as it is today. It explores such topics as values in science, conflicts of interest, assigning of credit, and authorship conventions, meanwhile managing to shed useful light on a whole range of other topics. I would recommend this book to any scientist, science student, or person interested in pursuing the sciences. "On Being a Scientist" fosters interest in the sciences and builds a foundation upon which to become a more informed, responsible, and productive researcher. Additionally, this text could benefit educators, policy-makers, and nonscientists by giving them a window into the pressures and experiences associated with life in the scientific realm.
Without being discouraging or unrealistically sanguine, this concise document lays out the conventions, factors, and shifts of perspective that scientists today need to know about both regarding behavioral expectations within the disciplines and the roles of science and scientist in the public domain. Subtler points of a largely unspoken scientific etiquette are also elaborated, and knowledge of these conventions and expectations can go a long way toward preventing harmful mistakes of omission, misunderstandings, and hard feelings among scientists, colleagues, and student researchers.
Ethically challenging case studies at the end of each section stimulate reflection and discussion on ethical decisions that can be especially fruitful in science or ethics of science courses. In relatively few pages, this book plants a broad spread of ideas and perspectives in the developing scientists' mind.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Doofusdan on December 31, 2010
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This book is required for a graduate program I'm in, and it lives up to the title.

If you don't need a paper version, you should know that this publication is also available as a free PDF from the National Academy Press.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EdD Candidate Barbara on October 25, 2005
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The book was brief, to the point and helpful in explaining some of the contemporary ethical questions involved in writing a research article or paper, especially when co-authors are involved. It could be used as a textbook for a class because each section included ethical questions for debate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill on January 8, 2014
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Required for school. Easy to read. Only issue, various sections do not translate well in e-version of book. Took a while to realize there was a scroll up and down to certain areas.
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This short read covers a rather broad spectrum of ethical issues in both academia and research. The author introduces different areas of responsibility held by students, advisers, and researchers. He points out where conflicts might exist. At the end of each short essay, he introduces an ethical dilemma scenario. Most of these scenarios resulted in my understanding there is not always a clear answer, or even a clear resolution process when challenging situations arise.
This book helped me to understand that there are important understandings to be discussed before and during a doctoral pursuit. I'm glad I read it before I interview for programs.
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Great book. Sound advices. Good thought-provoking questions.
Be aware that the boxes on the text doesn't render well on Kindle itself.
Let's hope they fix this on another edition and allow us to download the corrected version.
I had to read it on Kindle Reader for PC not to lose information about the examples it uses to clarify the many ways one can be irresponsible.
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By Sean on March 28, 2013
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This book offers an entrance into the field of science for those that do not have an understanding of what it means to think scientifically. While I would not recommend this book to scientists at any level, I would recommend it to individuals who want to take the first steps into a different way of looking at the world.

The only negative aspect I have of this book, which some may like, is that it does not critically approach the culture of science. While this is effective at introducing people into the cultural aspect of science in America in specific and western science in general, it fails to look scientifically at the culture of science. It has a role, which it serves well, so long as you understand what that role is.
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By deb on March 6, 2015
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An not sure how to rate this book, I have a love and hate relationship with it. I found some useful information in it and I thought some other information could have been more simplified. In all, it's still a good book.
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