Education in the ethical conduct of research that is acquired by postgraduate students is a key component
for their professional development in scientifi c and academic communities. This study aimed to assess Saudi
postgraduate students’ baseline knowledge of research ethics while they are studying abroad. Students were
asked to complete an online survey consisting of 32 likert-scale questions. The questions assessed the perceptions
of students regarding research misconduct, the prevalence of questionable research practices in their current
research environment and aimed to determine the infl uence of ethics education at home and abroad.
Different research misbehaviors were reported by students to have occurred in their environment at a nonalarming
rate. Self-reported misconduct was also investigated by asking the participants a single, direct question
about their own practice with 24.8% of respondents confi rming that they had committed an unacceptable
approach to research.
Most students received prior education in their home country but those who received their education outside
Saudi Arabia indicated that their awareness of research ethics and the right scientifi c approach had increased.
Graduates from Saudi Arabia may have gaps in core knowledge about research ethics as long as ethics education
is not incorporated in university curriculum.