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University Will Not Investigate Allegations of Scientific Misconduct

"Insufficient evidence to warrant an investigation"
Brian Mustanski, Ph.D.
This post is a response to Scientists Rebuke Publication of Study on LGBT Parenting by Brian Mustanski, Ph.D.

In a prior post I shared how a group of scientists have written a letter to the editor of the journal Social Science Research pointing out major flaws in a paper focused on child outcomes of having parents in same-sex relationships.

Writer Scott Rose had asked the University of Texas at Austin, where Regnerus is an Associate Professor, to conduct an investigation into scientific misconduct. Yesterday, the University of Texas at Austin determined that no formal investigation was warranted into the allegations of scientific misconduct.

The press release states, "As required by its Revised Handbook of Operating Procedures, the university conducted an inquiry to determine whether the accusations made by writer Scott Rose had merit and warranted a formal investigation. After consulting with a four-memberadvisory panel composed of senior university faculty members, the Office of the Vice President for Research concluded in a report on Aug. 24 that there is insufficient evidence to warrant an investigation."

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The press release goes on to say, "The allegations raised by Rose fall under the university’s definition of scientific misconduct, which states, in part, that 'ordinary errors, good faith differences in interpretations or judgments of data, scholarly or political disagreements, good faith personal or professional opinions, or private moral or ethical behavior or views are not misconduct.'"

Now I look forward to hearing from the journal editor about the process he undertook in reviewing the paper, because it is ultimately the peer review process that shares responsibility for assuring that only high quality sciences is published.

Links to UTA reports

Report to Provost Steven Leslie

Letter of response from Provost Leslie

Report by Alan Price

Dr. Mustanski is the Director of the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program at Northwestern University. You can follow the Sexual Continuum blog by becoming a fan on Facebook.  I periodically live tweet from research conferences on sexuality and you can follow me @sexualcontinuum.

Brian Mustanski, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at Northwestern University and the founding Director of the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program.


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