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Research Integrity Blog

Oct
9
2012

European Research Council adopts new Scientific Misconduct Strategy

The European Research Council (ERC) has adopted a new Scientific Misconduct Strategy to safeguard research integrity in ERC-funded projects. In a press release, the ERC’s Scientific Council – its governing body – stated that the strategy aims ‘to detect and vigorously treat… any suspected breach of research integrity concerning an ERC applicant or project.’ It […]

Sep
15
2012

World Conference on Research Integrity – reminder

The Call for Abstracts for the third World Conference on Research Integrity closes on 15 October 2012. Proposals are invited for presentations on empirical research on research integrity and analyses of related topics. The first two World Conferences, held in Lisbon and Singapore respectively, made invaluable contributions to the promotion of research integrity and brought […]

Sep
14
2012

The Guardian discusses fraud in academic and medical research

The Guardian explores in three articles the growing awareness of research misconduct and the need to do more to sustain the integrity of academic and medical research. Alok Jha discusses several cases of proven misconduct, the impact of questionable practices and what can be done to improve the integrity of research. His article includes the […]

Sep
13
2012

Times Higher Education discusses how online research data must be open to proper scrutiny and issues with peer review

This week, Times Higher Education discusses how making online research data properly open to scrutiny might help prevent research misconduct and explores problems with the process of peer review: Times Higher: Decent Exposure Times Higher: Peer pressure

Sep
11
2012

World Conference on Research Integrity – announcement of keynote speakers

The third World Conference on Research Integrity has announced three keynote speakers, including Professor Michael Farthing, Vice-Chair of UKRIO. The previous World Conferences on Research Integrity brought together professionals from across the globe to share experiences, lessons learned and best practice. They made invaluable contributions to the promotion of good research practice, not least the […]

Aug
31
2012

How open should institutions be about the outcomes of research misconduct investigations?

There are some issues which crop up in requests for our advice time and time again. One of these is how open should institutions be when discussing the outcomes of investigations into allegations of research misconduct. What should they say when an enquiry finishes? What information should they give out about a proven allegation? What […]

Aug
24
2012

Times Higher Education discusses whether the UK is doing enough to address research misconduct

This week’s Times Higher Education discusses whether UK higher education needs to fundamentally change its approach to cases of research misconduct and isues of research integrity. Times Higher Education -Faking It Times Higher Education – Leader: Clarity begins at home UKRIO agrees that there should be a more systematic and visible effort to promote integrity in […]

Aug
15
2012

Nature reports on how independent laboratories can verify papers

Nature reports on a reproducibility initiative which aims to speed up clinical research and reduce the chance of other researchers of basing their work on inaccurate results. It describes how publishers of scientific research are supporting this initiative, which will urge authors to get their findings replicated by independent laboratories. Replicated studies will earn benefits […]

Aug
14
2012

Science Nordic reports on threatened legal action by a pharmaceutical against a critical researcher

Science Nordic reports that a German pharmaceutical company is threatening legal action against a Danish scientist who published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine that was critical of one of its products. Science Nordic: Pharma giant threatens Danish scientist

Aug
13
2012

Brian Deer of the Sunday Times discusses research misconduct in the UK

Brian Deer of the Sunday Times discusses whether the UK research community is doing enough to prevent research misconduct from occuring and to address it when it does. Sunday Times – Doctoring the evidence: what the science establishment doesn’t want you to know

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