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Research Integrity Blog

Apr
2
2012

Consultation on draft Research Integrity Concordat

Universities UK, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Research Councils UK, the Wellcome Trust and other stakeholders are seeking views on a draft Concordat to Support Research Integrity. From the Universities UK website: ‘The concordat outlines five important commitments that those engaged in research can make to help ensure that the highest standards of […]

Apr
2
2012

UKRIO in Chemistry World

In Chemistry World, James Parry, Chief Executive of UKRIO, argues that cultural means, rather than regulatory, is a powerful way of safeguarding the integrity and quality of research. Chemistry World: Integrity begins at home In the same issue, research integrity issues in Ireland are discussed by Maura Hiney, Head of Policy, Evaluation and External Relations of the […]

Mar
30
2012

Shaping an effective national role for the Health Research Authority – update and opportunity to comment

From the Health Research Authority website: ‘The HRA has established a multi-agency project team and invited evidence to help shape an effective national role for the HRA to provide a unified approval process and to promote proportionate standards for compliance and inspection. ‘Further comment is invited on the emerging themes… and the HRA would be […]

Mar
23
2012

Nature discusses a report on oversight failures by a US university

Nature News reports that failures in oversight by a US university which prevented it from identifying flawed research are indicative of a wider problem, according to a report by the US Institute of Medicine. Nature: Lapses in oversight compromise omics results

Mar
12
2012

Interesting legal developments in US research misconduct case

Nature and Science describe interesting legal developments in a research misconduct case in the United States following a challenge to the US Office of Research Integrity. Nature: Cancer researcher receives legal reprieve in misconduct case Science: Misconduct hearing granted

Mar
9
2012

Cooperation between research institutions and journals on research integrity cases: guidance from the Committee on Publication Ethics

Recognising the important role that institutions have in investigating cases of suspected misconduct, but also the difficulties that sometimes arise when journals and institutions try to work together and share information on such cases, the Committee on Publication Ethics has developed guidelines for cooperation between research institutions and journals on research integrity cases. Cooperation between research institutions […]

Mar
5
2012

CNN reports on after-effects of secret research on army volunteers

CNN reports on the after-effects of secret research on army volunteers who were unaware of the risks. ‘Soldier Guinea Pigs’ – CNN

Mar
2
2012

Nature discusses current and past attitudes towards ‘ghostwriters’

An interesting case in the United States highlights how policies concerning the use and acknowledgement of so-called ‘ghostwriters’ have changed in recent years, though some argue that they should have changed sooner. The article also shows that there is still considerable disagreement over how ghostwriters have been used in the past. Nature: University clears psychiatrists […]

Feb
28
2012

BMJ reports on a systematic review on observer bias in randomised clinical trials

The BMJ reports a systematic review which finds significant bias in trials which have non-blinded outcome assessors compared with those which do have blinded outcome assessors. This bias leads to unduly optimistic assessment of treatments. Observer bias in randomised clinical trials: systematic review

Feb
16
2012

Guidance on conflicts of interest from the National Research Ethics Advisors’ Panel

The National Research Ethics Advisors’ Panel has published guidance for NHS Research Ethics Committees on addressing conflicting and competing interests in research. The document sets out a number of principles and possible solutions that might be applied by RECs when considering how conflicts of interests/competing interests should be managed. It also summarises existing guidance on […]

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