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More institutions are reporting instances of falsification, plagiarism and fabrication, and other
scientific fraud than ever before, according to the latest numbers from the Office of Research
Integrity (ORI) in the Department of Health and Human Services. Universities and other
organizations opened 105 new research misconduct cases in 2003 - 20% more than the previous
year's figure of 83 and 52% more than the 10-year average of 69.
The increase may be a reflection that "institutions are getting better at recognizing scientific
misconduct," says ORI Director Christopher Pascal. "Until a decade ago, many institutions were
unsure about how to handle allegations misconduct," he says. "Now they're a lot less shy about