In an editorial today, the British Medical Journal calls for UK research funders and others to do more to tackle research misconduct and for UKRIO to receive long-term funding.
Fiona Godlee, editor-in-chief of BMJ, said that UK research funders should make provision for independent support, advice and monitoring and that they could do this by ensuring funding for UKRIO. She goes on to say that subscribing to UKRIO would not only send a message in support of our important work, it would also allow organisations to demonstrate that they take issues of research governance seriously.
We welcome BMJ’s endorsement of UKRIO and the recognition that our work deserves wider support from the research community. Many research organisations have become supporters of UKRIO and we urge others to participate in this important initiative to sustain and enhance the integrity of UK research and protect the public.
The editorial also calls for institutions to become supporters of The Concordat to Support Research Integrity, a move that UKRIO endorses. We look forward to exploring with researchers, employers, funders and regulators how the Concordat might be implemented for the public benefit and how it might complement wider efforts to sustain research integrity in the UK.