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Research Integrity Blog

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
9
2013

Rehabilitation programmes for scientists involved in research misconduct

Saint Louis University in the United States has created a course to help rehabilitate researchers who have committed research misconduct. Nature reports how the university has launched its ‘RePAIR’ programme – ‘Restoring Professionalism and Integrity in Research’ – in response to the rapid growth of misconduct cases. The US Office of Research Integrity (ORI) reported that […]

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 […]

Dec
18
2012

European Medicines Agency: Workshop on access to clinical trial data and transparency

On 22 November, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) held a workshop on access to clinical- trial data and transparency. A spokesperson said that the event marked the beginning of the move towards the proactive disclosure of clinical trial data., a decision was initially announced in April 2012 in ‘Open clinical trial data for all? A view […]

Dec
14
2012

HEFCE launches consultation on implementation of the research integrity concordat

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has invited comments on the implementation of the Concordat to Support Research Integrity within higher education institutions in receipt of public funds via HEFCE. The consultation on the proposed implementation of the Concordat from 2013-14 seeks comment on whether compliance with the document should be a condition […]

Dec
4
2012

Pre-publication research granted exemption from the Freedom of Information Act

The Government has agreed to introduce an exemption to the Freedom Information Act for on-going research. The proposed amendment will afford the protection already existing in Scotland to pre-publication research conducted in England and Wales. The announcement was made in response to a report by the House of Common Justice Committee. This recommended that pre- publication […]

Nov
22
2012

Times Higher Education discusses whether larger research labs are more likely to be involved in research misconduct

This week, Paul Jump of Times Higher Education explores if lab size might influence the occurrence of sloppy or fraudulent research. Times Higher Education: Small, medium or large

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 […]

Nov
9
2012

‘The Nine Circles of Scientific Hell’

From the latest issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science: ‘In the spirit of Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, this paper takes a humorous look at the fate that awaits scientists who sin against best practice.’ Perspectives on Psychological Science: The Nine Circles of Scientific Hell  

Oct
31
2012

Registration for World Conference on Research Integrity opens

Registration for the third World Conference on Research Integrity, taking place 5-8 May 2013 in Montreal, opens today. The first two World Conferences, held in Lisbon and Singapore respectively, made invaluable contributions to the promotion of research integrity and brought together professionals from across the globe to share experiences, lessons learned and best practice. Delegates at […]

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