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Research Integrity Blog

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. […]

Jan
19
2012

Nature calls for more action on research misconduct in the UK

Nature calls for the UK Government and research funders to do more to address research misconduct. Nature: Face up to fraud

Jan
16
2012

BMJ Group Blogs discusses approaches to research misconduct and promoting research integrity

Liz Wager of UKRIO and the Committee on Publication Ethics discusses if approaches to addressing research misconduct should be based on major cases or more common ‘questionable research practices’ – behaviours which can be just as harmful as the so-called ‘scandals’, if not more so. She also explores how institutions must promote good research practice […]

Jan
13
2012

Science discusses different national approaches to research integrity

Following the recent BMJ-and COPE-sponsored meeting on research misconduct, Sara Reardon of Science examines the current situation in the UK and other countries, and the various mechanisms adopted to deal with them. Science: UK Looks for Way Through Misconduct Maze We welcome the support shown for the work of UKRIO at the BMJ/COPE meeting and […]

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