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Archives March 2012

Mar
30
2012

Shaping an effective national role for the Health Research Authority – update and opportunity to comment

From the Health Research Authority website: ‘The HRA has established a multi-agency project team and invited evidence to help shape an effective national role for the HRA to provide a unified approval process and to promote proportionate standards for compliance and inspection. ‘Further comment is invited on the emerging themes… and the HRA would be […]

Mar
23
2012

Nature discusses a report on oversight failures by a US university

Nature News reports that failures in oversight by a US university which prevented it from identifying flawed research are indicative of a wider problem, according to a report by the US Institute of Medicine. Nature: Lapses in oversight compromise omics results

Mar
12
2012

Interesting legal developments in US research misconduct case

Nature and Science describe interesting legal developments in a research misconduct case in the United States following a challenge to the US Office of Research Integrity. Nature: Cancer researcher receives legal reprieve in misconduct case Science: Misconduct hearing granted

Mar
9
2012

Cooperation between research institutions and journals on research integrity cases: guidance from the Committee on Publication Ethics

Recognising the important role that institutions have in investigating cases of suspected misconduct, but also the difficulties that sometimes arise when journals and institutions try to work together and share information on such cases, the Committee on Publication Ethics has developed guidelines for cooperation between research institutions and journals on research integrity cases. Cooperation between research institutions […]

Mar
5
2012

CNN reports on after-effects of secret research on army volunteers

CNN reports on the after-effects of secret research on army volunteers who were unaware of the risks. ‘Soldier Guinea Pigs’ – CNN

Mar
2
2012

Nature discusses current and past attitudes towards ‘ghostwriters’

An interesting case in the United States highlights how policies concerning the use and acknowledgement of so-called ‘ghostwriters’ have changed in recent years, though some argue that they should have changed sooner. The article also shows that there is still considerable disagreement over how ghostwriters have been used in the past. Nature: University clears psychiatrists […]

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