It is no excuse, but it is perhaps a reason, for misconduct that the pressure to publish and produce results is now enormous in academia. Even in good universities people are judged by the numbers (rather than the quality) of papers they produce and by what journal they happen to be published in. Bibliometrists are the curse of our age.
Vice-chancellors and research councils provide a strong incentive to do poor, over-hurried and occasionally dishonest science. Perhaps the surprising thing in the circumstances is that there is so little fraud. The very measures that aim to improve science actually have just the opposite effect. Application of Thatcherite principles to science results in dishonesty, just as it does among bankers. That is what happens when science is run by people who don't do it. Read more.