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Research Integrity Blog

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 […]

Sep
5
2011

BBC News, Nature and Retraction Watch report on journal editor’s resignation

As reported by BBC News, Nature, Retraction Watch and others, Wolfgang Wagner, the editor of Remote Sensing, has resigned, stating that his journal should not have published a controversial paper on climate change. He discusses his resignation in an editorial.

Aug
3
2011

PLoS Medicine discusses how to prevent ‘ghostwriting’

A fascinating article by Professors Stern and Leemens of the University of Toronto on the practice of ‘ghostwriting’ of medical journal articles. They argue that a legal approach could be more effective at prevent ghostwriting and so-called ‘guest authors’ who are listed as authors on ghostwritten articles even though they do not fulfill criteria for […]

Jul
28
2011

Publication of House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s report on peer review

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has published the report of its inquiry into peer review in scientific publications. The inquiry concludes that in order to allow others to repeat and build on experiments, researchers should aim for the gold standard of making their data fully disclosed and made publicly available. It also […]

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