Unfolding the Black Box of Questionable Research Practices: Where Is the Line between Acceptable and Unacceptable Practices?

Christian Linder, Siavash Farahbakhsh

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Abstract

Despite the extensive literature on what questionable research practices (QRPs) are and how to measure them, the normative underpinnings of such practices have remained less explored. QRPs often fall into a grey area of justifiable and unjustifiable practices. Where to precisely draw the line between such practices challenges individual scholars and this harms science. We investigate QRPs from a normative perspective using the theory of communicative action. We highlight the role of the collective in assessing individual behaviours. Our contribution is a framework that allows identification of when particular actions cross over from acceptable to unacceptable practice. Thus, this article provides grounds for developing scientific standards to raise the quality of scientific research.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBusiness Ethics Quarterly
Volume30
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)335-360
Number of pages26
ISSN1052-150X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1-Jul-2020

Keywords

  • Academic Standards
  • Deontology
  • Discourse Ethics
  • P-Hacking
  • Questionable Research Practice

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