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Research Integrity Blog

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 […]

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

Workshop on research misconduct at the University of Birmingham 25 June 2013

On 25 June, the University of  Birmingham will host a workshop on ‘Medical/Scientific Misconduct and Research Culture – contributions from law and humanities.’ Speakers will explore various interdisciplinary and policy dimensions of law’s response to the topical problem of misconduct in medical research. Further information is available on the university’s website: Workshop: Medical/Scientific Misconduct and […]

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 […]

May
15
2013

‘High-tech approaches to high-tech fraud’

Dr Liz Wager of UKRIO’s Advisory Board and a former Chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics discusses technological advances in the fight against plagiarism and other forms of misconduct. ElsevierConnect: High-tech approaches to high-tech fraud  

Mar
14
2013

Interventions to prevent misconduct and promote integrity in research and publication

UKRIO welcomes the publication of ‘Interventions to prevent misconduct and promote integrity in research and publication.’ Authored by Ana Marusic, Elizabeth Wager, Ana Utrobicic, Dario Sambunjak, Melissa Anderson and Hannah Rothstein, the protocol assesses educational and policy interventions. The interventions considered focus on promoting research integrity. The protocol measures research behaviour through professional standards and […]

Feb
26
2013

Research Councils UK updates its research integrity requirements

Research Councils UK has published the RCUK Policy and Guidelines on Governance of Good Research Conduct , replacing its existing guidance on research integrity. Building on RCUK guidance published in 2009, the new document, which applies to all RCUK grants, reflects recent developments in research integrity and ongoing work in this field by RCUK, the European […]

Feb
15
2013

European Commission report on responsible research and innovation

The European Commission have published the findings of the Expert Group on the State of Art in Europe on Responsible Research and Innovation. The report  ‘Options for Responsible Research and Innovation’  aims to ensure stakeholders obtain relevant knowledge, effectively evaluate outcomes and options in terms of societal needs and moral values and employ these considerations […]

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
23
2013

‘Scientific Misconduct and the Myth of Self- Correction in Science’

In November 2012 Perspectives on Psychological Science published a fascinating article, ‘Scientific Misconduct and the Myth of Self-Correction in Science.’ Authored by Wolfgang Stroebe, Tom Postmes and Russell Spears, the piece examines whether psychology is more vulnerable to research fraud than the biomedical sciences and explore the effectiveness of self-correcting mechanisms in research. It studies a […]

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