Table 2

Examples of survey scenarios and accompanying questions 

A junior researcher, J, adds the head of department, D, as the last author on a research paper. D provided suggestions for direction of J’s work that helped her obtain the grant, although he hasn’t contributed to the actual research or the publication.My view on this is:This is acceptable because D should be an author
This is not best practice, but it does not really matter, as it doesn’t affect the science
This is unacceptable because D has not contributed to this paper
Have you ever done something like this?Yes
No, and I am not aware of anybody else doing it
No, but I am aware of other people doing it
In my current department or unit, this pattern of authorship:
Is usual practice and happens most of the timeHappens occasionallyHappens rarely
Never happensOther: (please specify)
Comments or clarifications:
A PhD student ‘copies and pastes’ nearly all of the introduction from a paper that she has previously published into her next manuscript, since she is doing a series of experiments on the same topic.My view on this is:This is acceptable because it is her own work
This is not allowed by journals, but it does not really matter, as it doesn’t affect the science
This is unacceptable behaviour
Have you ever done something like this?Yes
No, and I am not aware of anybody else doing it
No, but I am aware of other people doing it
In my current department or unit, such text recycling
Is usual practice and happens most of the timeHappens occasionallyHappens rarely
Never happensOther: (please specify)
Comments or clarifications:
A researcher, T, is working on a diagnostic test study. The company manufacturing the test has supplied the kits for free but did not design or fund the research. T was paid for a consultancy for the same company 2 years ago. In the publication of the study, he declares that he has no conflicts of interest.My view on this is:This is acceptable because T does not have a conflict of interest
This is not best practice, but it does not really matter, as it doesn’t affect the science
This is unacceptable because T should disclose his consultancy
Have you ever done something like this?Yes
No, and I am not aware of anybody else doing it
No, but I am aware of other people doing it
In my current department or unit, this behaviour:
Is usual practice and happens most of the timeHappens occasionallyHappens rarely
Never happensOther: (please specify)
Comments or clarifications: