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Research Integrity Blog

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 […]

Jul
28
2011

Nature discusses the need to be alert for signs of research fraud

Nature discusses a case of misconduct in research and how vigilance over early signs of misconduct is crucial to tackling scientific fraud.

Jul
27
2011

Publication of the report of the independent Review of Research Using Non-Human Primates

The independent Review of Research Using Non-Human Primates, led by Professor Sir Patrick Bateson FRS, has published its report. The Review was commissioned and funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust following the recommendation of a 2006 Working Group chaired by Sir David Weatherall that […]

May
1
2011

Science and Technology Select Committee: Government response to its report on ‘The Reviews into the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit’

The Science and Technology Committee has received a response from the Government to its inquiry into the reviews into the emails of the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit. The Government’s response can be found here. The Science and Technology Committee’s earlier report is available here, along with information on its work and additional […]

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