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The Seven Sins in Academic Behavior in the Natural Sciences

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  • Prof. Dr. Wilfred F. van Gunsteren

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    1. Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH, CH-8093 Zürich (Switzerland)
    • Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH, CH-8093 Zürich (Switzerland)

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Abstract

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“Seven deadly sins” in modern academic research and publishing can be condensed into a list ranging from poorly described experimental or computational setups to falsification of data. This Essay describes these sins and their ramifications, and serves as a code of best practice for researchers in their quest for scientific truth. Picture: Detail from “The Seven Deadly Sins” by Hieronymus Bosch.

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