Authorial Ethics is a normative study that deals with the many ways in which writers abuse their commitment to truth and integrity.
It is divided by academic discipline and includes chapters on journalism, history, literature, art, psychology, and science, among others.
Robert Hauptman offers generalizations and theoretical remarks exemplified by specific cases.
Two major abrogations are inadvertent error and purposeful misconduct, which is subdivided into falsification, fabrication, and plagiarism.
All of these problems appear in most disciplines, although their negative impact is felt most potently in biomedical research and publication.
Professor Mary Lefkowitz, the classicist, provides an incisive foreword.