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Archives February 2012

Feb
28
2012

BMJ reports on a systematic review on observer bias in randomised clinical trials

The BMJ reports a systematic review which finds significant bias in trials which have non-blinded outcome assessors compared with those which do have blinded outcome assessors. This bias leads to unduly optimistic assessment of treatments. Observer bias in randomised clinical trials: systematic review

Feb
16
2012

UKRIO welcomes widespread support for its work in ‘A Consensus Statement on Research Misconduct in the UK’

The UK Research Integrity Office welcomes the publication today of ‘A Consensus Statement on Research Misconduct in the UK’. UKRIO agrees that the UK’s mechanisms for ensuring good research practice need to be sustained and strengthened. We particularly welcome the Statement’s support for UKRIO and the recognition that our work deserves wider support from the […]

Feb
16
2012

Guidance on conflicts of interest from the National Research Ethics Advisors’ Panel

The National Research Ethics Advisors’ Panel has published guidance for NHS Research Ethics Committees on addressing conflicting and competing interests in research. The document sets out a number of principles and possible solutions that might be applied by RECs when considering how conflicts of interests/competing interests should be managed. It also summarises existing guidance on […]

Feb
2
2012

Nature reports on pressure on researchers to cite unnecessary papers

Nature reports on a survey, published in Science, on coercive citation in academic publishing. Nature: Researchers feel pressure to cite superfluous papers The survey itself is available on Science’s website: Coercive Citation in Academic Publishing. Wilhite, A. W. & Fong, E. A. Science 335, 542–543 (2012) (subscription required)

Feb
1
2012

Consultation on new MRC good research practice guidance

The Medical Research Council is currently revising its principles and guidelines on good research practice and is seeking views on the draft document, available here. The MRC would particularly welcome views on whether the new principles and guidelines provide the right level of information and are clear and comprehensive, as well as views on any […]

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