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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and research integrity: some resources

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in May 2018. The introduction of this legislation has implication for all who process, hold or manage personal data, including researchers and research organisations. UKRIO’s future work streams include publications exploring GDPR and research integrity. Meanwhile, those involved in research may find the following resources helpful: […]


The Culture of Scientific Research: where next?

In November 2015, UKRIO and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics are hosting a second follow-up workshop to discuss the findings from the Council’s report on The Culture of Scientific Research.   Reading the Nuffield Council on Bioethics’ report on The Culture of Scientific Research in the UK was a mixed experience. That isn’t a criticism […]


Medical Research Council launches good research practice e-learning module

The MRC’s e-learning package on good research practice is now live on the MRC Regulatory Support Centre web site where anyone can use it (you will need to register first). The module, which includes case studies from UKRIO, will be of particular interest to MRC grant-holders and employees but contains themes that we feel are […]


Research Councils UK updates Concordat assurance questions

In 2012, UK research funders and other bodies published the Concordat to Support Research Integrity, setting out what actions they require employers and researchers to take in support of research integrity. The Concordat also describes how its authors will monitor the implementation of the new requirements: ‘To provide assurance over efforts to strengthen research integrity, Research […]


How should institutions report the outcomes of research misconduct investigations?

UKRIO established standards for reporting the outcomes of misconduct investigations in our Procedure for the Investigation of Misconduct in Research (2008). A central component of the Procedure is how to make appropriate disclosures to regulators, funders, professional bodies, partner organisations, journals and participants. The Procedure recommends when a case generates wider interest and media coverage, […]


Research Ethics & Integrity: Upholding the highest standards of rigour

Westminster Briefing will be holding a conference on research integrity in February 2014. ‘Research Ethics & Integrity: Upholding the highest standards of rigour’ will explore research integrity and addressing research misconduct in the higher education sector. Speakers will be announced in due course. Further information on the event can be found here: Research Ethics & Integrity: […]


PLOS ONE: study on the increase in scientific retractions

Following on from their previous research on research integrity, R. Grant Steen, Arturo Casadevall and Ferric C. Fang ask why number of scientific publications being retracted has risen sharply? Is it because flawed articles are being retracted more quickly or has there been an increase in the number of flawed articles being published? The study is available […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

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