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Jul
3
2013

Spotlight: Global Research Council Statement of Principles on Research Integrity

The Global Research Council, a representative body for science and engineering funding agencies from around the world, has published a Statement of Principles on Research Integrity. The Statement describes the key responsibilities of research funders in supporting a culture of research integrity. Global Research Council: Statement of Principles on Research Integrity The Global Research Council […]

Jan
31
2013

Spotlight: US National Institutes of Health policies and procedures for promoting scientific integrity

In November 2012, the USA’s medical research agency, National Institutes of Health (NIH) published NIH Policies and Procedures for Promoting Scientific Integrity. The centralised document consolidates the NIH’s policies and procedures for ensuring the highest degree of scientific integrity. Its publication fulfills the memorandum issued by President Obama in March 2009, instructing the Director of […]

Jan
15
2013

Spotlight: research on misconduct policies in high-impact biomedical journals

In December 2012, PLoS ONE published research into the prevalence and content policies of the most influential biomedical journals on research misconduct and their procedures for addressing allegations of misconduct. The authors conducted a cross-sectional study of the misconduct policies of 399 high-impact biomedical journals in the United States. The study defined research misconduct as […]

Jan
3
2013

Spotlight: ORI Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research

In 2007, the United States Office for Research Integrity (ORI) published its Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research by Professor Nicholas Steneck, a comprehensive and informative overview of research integrity issues. Focused on research integrity in the USA, the book provides an excellent discussion of the varied rules and regulations that aim to promote […]

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 […]

Jul
10
2012

Spotlight: QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education’s Quality Code sets out the Expectations that all providers of UK higher education are required to meet. Recently published, ‘Chapter 11: Research degrees’ of the Code sets out the expectation that a research environment should provide secure academic standards for learning about research approaches, methods, procedures and protocols. […]

May
25
2012

Spotlight: OECD guide for investigating misconduct in international collaborative research

It can be challenging to investigate allegations of research misconduct. Investigations must be thorough, objective and fair, and carried out in a timely manner using a transparent process. They must be in accordance with the law, meet the requirements of regulatory and funding bodies, and show due sensitivity and confidentiality to those involved. Investigating allegations relating […]

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