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Dec
14
2012

HEFCE launches consultation on implementation of the research integrity concordat

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has invited comments on the implementation of the Concordat to Support Research Integrity within higher education institutions in receipt of public funds via HEFCE. The consultation on the proposed implementation of the Concordat from 2013-14 seeks comment on whether compliance with the document should be a condition […]

Dec
4
2012

Pre-publication research granted exemption from the Freedom of Information Act

The Government has agreed to introduce an exemption to the Freedom Information Act for on-going research. The proposed amendment will afford the protection already existing in Scotland to pre-publication research conducted in England and Wales. The announcement was made in response to a report by the House of Common Justice Committee. This recommended that pre- publication […]

Nov
22
2012

Times Higher Education discusses whether larger research labs are more likely to be involved in research misconduct

This week, Paul Jump of Times Higher Education explores if lab size might influence the occurrence of sloppy or fraudulent research. Times Higher Education: Small, medium or large

Nov
20
2012

Spotlight: What’s in a picture? The temptation of image manipulation

In 2004, the Journal of Cell Biology published an important and influential article by Michael Rossner, its then-editor, and Kenneth Yamada. ‘What’s in a picture? The temptation of image manipulation’ sets out general guidelines for the correct handling of digital image data and shows common pitfalls and inappropriate practices in a series of fascinating examples. Michael […]

Nov
9
2012

‘The Nine Circles of Scientific Hell’

From the latest issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science: ‘In the spirit of Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, this paper takes a humorous look at the fate that awaits scientists who sin against best practice.’ Perspectives on Psychological Science: The Nine Circles of Scientific Hell  

Oct
31
2012

Registration for World Conference on Research Integrity opens

Registration for the third World Conference on Research Integrity, taking place 5-8 May 2013 in Montreal, opens today. The first two World Conferences, held in Lisbon and Singapore respectively, made invaluable contributions to the promotion of research integrity and brought together professionals from across the globe to share experiences, lessons learned and best practice. Delegates at […]

Oct
30
2012

Counterbalanced blog: Q&A on research misconduct with Dr Ginny Barbour

The interesting Counterbalanced blog, which takes a look at science headlines in the news and examines the headlines behind them, has posted a fascinating Q&A session with Dr Ginny Barbour, Chief Editor of PLOS Medicine, Chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics and a member of UKRIO’s Advisory Board. Counterbalanced – Fixing the Fraud: Q&A […]

Oct
22
2012

Registration for World Conference on Research Integrity opens on 31 October

Registration for the third World Conference on Research Integrity, to be held 5-8 May 2013 in Montreal, opens on 31 October 2012. The first two World Conferences, held in Lisbon and Singapore respectively, made invaluable contributions to the promotion of research integrity and brought together professionals from across the globe to share experiences, lessons learned and best practice. […]

Oct
19
2012

SpotOn London 2012: discussion session on research misconduct

The Counterbalanced science blog reports that it will be co-ordinating a discussion session on research misconduct at SpotOn London next month. SpotOn London is an annual two-day conference hosted by nature.com for anyone interested in how science is communicated and carried out online. This year’s event is taking place 11-12 November at the Wellcome Collection […]

Oct
17
2012

World Science Academies publish guidance to promote good research practice

The InterAcademy Council and IAP – the global network of science academies – have published ‘Responsible Conduct in the Global Research Enterprise’, the first product of their joint project on scientific integrity. The representative international organisations of the world’s national scientific academies, the InterAcademy Council and IAP hope that their new guidance will provide clarity […]

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