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Research Integrity Blog

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 […]

Feb
2
2012

Nature reports on pressure on researchers to cite unnecessary papers

Nature reports on a survey, published in Science, on coercive citation in academic publishing. Nature: Researchers feel pressure to cite superfluous papers The survey itself is available on Science’s website: Coercive Citation in Academic Publishing. Wilhite, A. W. & Fong, E. A. Science 335, 542–543 (2012) (subscription required)

Feb
1
2012

Consultation on new MRC good research practice guidance

The Medical Research Council is currently revising its principles and guidelines on good research practice and is seeking views on the draft document, available here. The MRC would particularly welcome views on whether the new principles and guidelines provide the right level of information and are clear and comprehensive, as well as views on any […]

Jan
26
2012

General Medical Council: new guidance on raising concerns

The General Medical Council has issued new guidance for doctors on raising and acting on concerns about patient safety. The new guidance comes into effect on 12 March 2012. From the GMC website: ‘The guidance explains when doctors need to raise concerns and advises on the help and support available to them, including how to […]

Jan
19
2012

Times Higher Education reports on BMJ-COPE research misconduct conference

Times Higher discusses the recent one-day conference on research misconduct held by the British Medical Journal and the Committee on Publication Ethics. We welcome the support shown for the work of UKRIO at the meeting and the consensus that more needs to be done to promote good research conduct and address questionable practices and misconduct. […]

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