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Research misconduct complaints and institutional logics: The case of Hans Eysenck and the British Psychological Society

Authors
  • Craig, Russell1
  • Pelosi, Anthony2
  • Tourish, Dennis3
  • 1 University of Durham, Faculty of Business, Durham, UK
  • 2 Priory Hospital Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  • 3 University of Sussex School of Business Management and Economics, Brighton, Brighton and Hove, UK
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Health Psychology
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publication Date
Oct 28, 2020
Volume
26
Issue
2
Pages
296–311
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1359105320963542
PMID: 33111570
PMCID: PMC7859669
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Articles
License
Green

Abstract

A formal complaint was lodged with the British Psychological Society in 1995 that alleged serious scientific misconduct by Hans J Eysenck. The complaint referred to research into the links between personality traits and the causes, prevention and treatment of cancer and heart disease. Using a framework of institutional logics, we criticise the Society’s decision not to hear this complaint at a full disciplinary hearing. We urge the BPS to investigate this complaint afresh. We also support calls for the establishment of an independent National Research Integrity Ombudsperson to deal more effectively with allegations of research misconduct.

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