+44 (0)1273 234 697 Sussex Innovation Centre, BN1 9SBPromoting good practice and preventing misconduct

Advisory service

UKRIO provides independent, expert and confidential advice on the conduct of academic, scientific and medical research, from promoting good practice to addressing poor practice and misconduct. We cover all subject areas and any issues relating to research practice. No other organisation in the UK has comparable expertise in providing such support, support which draws on the expertise of UKRIO’s Register of Advisers.

Our Advisory Service is open to all, including members of the public, research participants, patients, individual researchers, research students and research organisations. UKRIO welcomes enquiries on general or hypothetical topics, as well as those on specific research projects, issues and cases.

We advise on issues of good practice in research. We also advise whistle-blowers and others with concerns about research, and help those responsible to deal effectively with problems of poor practice and allegations of misconduct. Promoting and sustaining good research practice is a worthwhile objective in its own right. It also reduces the risk of misconduct occurring.

In 2014 we helped with more than 90 cases and use of our services continues to grow each year. To seek advice on good research practice or to raise concerns about possible misconduct, please use this form to contact us; the form also has additional information on our role and remit.

 

Advice on fraud and misconduct in research

Misconduct in research takes many forms. It can be serious and threaten lives; it can appear trivial but still greatly harm research. Contact UKRIO for expert advice if you have concerns about:

  • Fabrication of research data, processes or results.
  • Falsification: the manipulation of research data, processes and results; also the omission of critical data or results.
  • Misrepresentation of research data or of a researcher’s interests or involvement with the research.
  • Plagiarism: the unauthorised use of or representation of another person’s material as one’s own original work.
  • Improper use or storage of human tissue, materials or personal data
  • Research that may be causing unreasonable risk or harm to humans, animals used in research or the environment.

 

Advice on good practice in research

UKRIO also provides guidance on all issues of good practice in research, including:

  • Promoting good practice in research.
  • Education and training in good research practice.
  • Issues of good practice and ethics relating to specific research projects.
  • Creating or revising institutional systems to ensure good practice in research and address misconduct.
  • Disputes over authorship of research articles and guidance on other issues of publication ethics.

 

Protocol for responding to requests for assistance

Members of the public, individual researchers and research organisations trust UKRIO to provide independent, confidential and expert support. All who work for our organisation, both staff and volunteers, must adhere to the highest standards of integrity, objectivity, honesty and professionalism. Accordingly, requests for our assistance are addressed according to a standard protocol.

UKRIO draws upon its Register of Advisers when responding to questions and concerns about the conduct of research. Our volunteer Advisers agree to comply with a Code of Conduct, which includes our protocol for responding to requests for assistance.

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