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Evaluation of Pharmacy Students’ Knowledge and Perception of Scientific Integrity

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Department of Pharmacy, The Royal Medical Services, Amman 11733, Jordan
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Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid-22110, Jordan
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Educ. Sci. 2020, 10(2), 41; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10020041
Received: 15 January 2020 / Revised: 8 February 2020 / Accepted: 13 February 2020 / Published: 15 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Undergraduate Research as a High Impact Practice in Higher Education)
Scientific integrity, proper research conduct and avoiding research misconduct including plagiarism, fabrication and falsification, are all essential to all disciplines. Since research experience is a recommended skill to gain during undergraduate education, undergraduate students need to be aware of research misconduct in order to avoid it. This study was carried out to determine the level of knowledge and awareness regarding research misconduct, and the independent factors that might contribute to attitudes towards research misconduct. In this cross-sectional study, a questionnaire was self-filled by pharmacy undergraduate students about their knowledge of practices in research misconduct. Among the respondents (n=800), 79.12% had poor knowledge, whereas 20.88% had good knowledge about research misconduct and research ethics. Furthermore, only 9% indicated having previous training in research conduct/misconduct, whereas 36.5% had previous training in research ethics. In conclusion, this study reflects insufficient knowledge and awareness about research misconduct concepts and their main terminologies among undergraduate pharmacy students, which emphasizes the importance of implanting proper training programs/courses on research ethics during students’ academic years. View Full-Text
Keywords: students; knowledge; awareness; research misconduct; Jordan students; knowledge; awareness; research misconduct; Jordan
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Ababneh, R.A.; Alzoubi, K.H.; Ababneh, M.A. Evaluation of Pharmacy Students’ Knowledge and Perception of Scientific Integrity. Educ. Sci. 2020, 10, 41.

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