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Research Integrity Blog

Sep
5
2011

BBC News, Nature and Retraction Watch report on journal editor’s resignation

As reported by BBC News, Nature, Retraction Watch and others, Wolfgang Wagner, the editor of Remote Sensing, has resigned, stating that his journal should not have published a controversial paper on climate change. He discusses his resignation in an editorial.

Aug
3
2011

PLoS Medicine discusses how to prevent ‘ghostwriting’

A fascinating article by Professors Stern and Leemens of the University of Toronto on the practice of ‘ghostwriting’ of medical journal articles. They argue that a legal approach could be more effective at prevent ghostwriting and so-called ‘guest authors’ who are listed as authors on ghostwritten articles even though they do not fulfill criteria for […]

Jul
28
2011

Publication of House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s report on peer review

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has published the report of its inquiry into peer review in scientific publications. The inquiry concludes that in order to allow others to repeat and build on experiments, researchers should aim for the gold standard of making their data fully disclosed and made publicly available. It also […]

Jul
28
2011

Nature discusses the need to be alert for signs of research fraud

Nature discusses a case of misconduct in research and how vigilance over early signs of misconduct is crucial to tackling scientific fraud.

Jul
27
2011

Publication of the report of the independent Review of Research Using Non-Human Primates

The independent Review of Research Using Non-Human Primates, led by Professor Sir Patrick Bateson FRS, has published its report. The Review was commissioned and funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust following the recommendation of a 2006 Working Group chaired by Sir David Weatherall that […]

May
1
2011

Science and Technology Select Committee: Government response to its report on ‘The Reviews into the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit’

The Science and Technology Committee has received a response from the Government to its inquiry into the reviews into the emails of the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit. The Government’s response can be found here. The Science and Technology Committee’s earlier report is available here, along with information on its work and additional […]

Apr
29
2011

European Science Foundation: European Peer Review Guide

Another publication from ESF, the European Peer Review Guide are the first international guidelines for the peer review of research grants, describing principles for safeguarding fairness and credibility in peer review. The ‘Guide is a joint effort by more than 30 national funding and performing organisations from 23 countries, the European Research Council, the European […]

Apr
26
2011

European Science Foundation: The European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity

The ESF Member Organisation Forum on Research Integrity working with All European Academies (ALLEA) have published the consensus document The European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. This valuable document addresses good practice, poor practice and misconduct in science, providing a reference point for researchers. The Code represents agreement across 30 countries on a set […]

Mar
11
2011

Science and Technology Select Committee: New inquiry into peer review

The House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee have launched an inquiry into peer review. The Committee invites evidence on the operation and effectiveness of the peer review process. The Committee welcomes submissions from scientists whose material has been peer reviewed, those who commission peer reviews and those who carry out peer review. The […]

Mar
5
2011

Academy of Medical Sciences: A new pathway for the regulation and governance of health research

The report of the Academy’s review of the regulation and governance of health research, chaired by Sir Michael Rawlins, has been published. The review was convened in response to an invitation by Government to review the governance and regulation of health research in the UK involving human participants, tissue or personal data. The review’s recommendations […]

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