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Jan
11
2012

Nature: US authorities take action against both researcher and supervisor over plagiarism

Nature News describes how authorities in the US have not only taken action against a person who has committed research misconduct but also against their supervisor, who had failed to address the problem. Nature: US authorities crack down on plagiarism

Jan
10
2012

Oncology Times reports on research misconduct in the United States and a particular case at Duke University

Oncology Times discusses the investigation of research misconduct in the United States and whether a case at Duke University, North Carolina has wider implications. Oncology Times: Duke Scandal Highlights Systemic Problems, but Key Issues Receive Insufficient Attention Further information on the case can be found in this article by The Economist from September 2011: The […]

Jan
5
2012

British Medical Journal: Research misconduct and unreported clinical trial data

Fiona Godlee discusses research misconduct and notes, as UKRIO has stated for some time, that defining research misconduct as fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism is insufficient, as it does not cover the broad spectrum of practices which can harm the quality and integrity of research. The editorial is free to access. Other material in BMJ explores […]

Jan
4
2012

Nature discusses how to stop plagiarism in scientific publishing

Nature reports how plagiarism can be easily detected by suitable software but is still a problem. Ten experts discuss how to prevent plagiarism. Nature: Science publishing – How to stop plagiarism (subscription required)

Jan
4
2012

BBC Radio 4 Today discusses whether all medical research should be published

Further to the British Medical Journal’s discussions on how the biomedical research community selectively publishes clinical trials results, BMJ editor-in-chief Fiona Godlee and neuroscientist Professor Colin Blakemore explore whether all medical research should be published to avoid giving an inaccurate picture. A podcast of the discussion can be downloaded from the BBC website: BBC Radio 4 […]

Jan
3
2012

NEJM discusses copyright and open access

The New England Journal of Medicine reports on developments that suggest that clinicians and researchers need to be more aware of copyright and related issues. NEJM: Copyright and Open Access at the Bedside

Dec
29
2011

Nature Neuroscience on investigating research misconduct

Nature Neuroscience discusses the need to ensure that there is a clear, transparent process for investigating and reporting accusations of scientific misconduct. Nature Neuroscience: Overseeing Research Integrity

Dec
29
2011

British Medical Journal discusses how different countries address research misconduct

The BMJ has published an overview of different countries’ approaches to addressing issues of research integrity (subscription required). The original online version of the article contained serious errors concerning UKRIO. Our response can be found here and we are grateful to BMJ for allowing us to set the record straight. UKRIO response to British Medical […]

Oct
18
2011

Government and Research Councils UK respond to peer review inquiry

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has published the responses from the Government and Research Councils UK to its inquiry into peer review on scientific publications. The responses can be viewed as appendices to the Committee’s report or separately online: Report on peer review in scientific publications, with responses (PDF) Government response to the […]

Sep
16
2011

JISC: Research integrity conference – the importance of good data managment

On 13th September 2011, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) held a conference to discuss the importance of integrity in research data and the variety of challenges facing institutions and researchers. UKRIO contributed to the strand on institutional challenges, with James Parry, Acting Head of UKRIO, discussing the issues as seen from our unique perspective […]

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