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Research integrity in the news

Jun
16
2013

The Independent ‘The bad science scandal’ – with response from Universities UK

Updated 21st June: The Independent reports on steps that the UK is apparently taking to ensure high standards in research integrity. However, a response from Universities UK describes the article as ‘somewhat alarmist and misleading’ The Independent: The bad science scandal: how fact-fabrication is damaging UK’s global name for research Universities UK: Misleading articles on […]

Jun
6
2013

HEFCE to require compliance with research integrity Concordat

Times Higher Education reports that the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) will make compliance with the Concordat to Support Research Integrity a condition of its grants to higher education institutions. The requirement will come into force from the 2013-14 academic year onwards. According to the article, institutions will not have to demonstrate full […]

May
22
2013

Update: coverage of UKRIO at World Conference on Research Integrity

The recent third World Conference on Research Integrity, held in Montreal on 5-8 May, has received extensive coverage in the academic press. A selection of articles is given below. Times Higher discussed the keynote address of Professor Michael Farthing, Vice-Chair of UKRIO and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex: Times Higher Education: Fear of getting […]

Jan
9
2013

Rehabilitation programmes for scientists involved in research misconduct

Saint Louis University in the United States has created a course to help rehabilitate researchers who have committed research misconduct. Nature reports how the university has launched its ‘RePAIR’ programme – ‘Restoring Professionalism and Integrity in Research’ – in response to the rapid growth of misconduct cases. The US Office of Research Integrity (ORI) reported that […]

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

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
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
1
2012

UKRIO responds to ‘Misconduct accounts for the majority of retracted scientific publications’

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) today published a comprehensive review of retracted research papers in biomedicine and the life sciences. The study, which looked at over 2,000 biomedical and life science papers listed by the PubMed database as retracted, found that roughly two-thirds of retractions were because of fraud or suspected […]

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 […]

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