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Trends in UK Research Integrity – a decade of change?

Ian L Boyd, Chair, UKRIO It is hard to open the pages of Science or Nature these days without seeing an article about an issue concerning research integrity. Anybody naively looking in on this could be forgiven for imagining there was a crisis in the quality of research, but I suggest what is happening is […]


Guest blog: Penny Hawkins and Maggy Jennings, RSPCA Research Animals Department

Ethical oversight…? Time to reflect on the meaning of ethical review on research involving animals.     The new UKRIO primer on research involving animals rightly emphasises the need for ‘ethical oversight’ within responsible research conduct, but when, where and how is this done?  Are all current research review and decision-making processes really ‘considering ethics’?  […]


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 […]


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, […]


‘High-tech approaches to high-tech fraud’

Dr Liz Wager of UKRIO’s Advisory Board and a former Chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics discusses technological advances in the fight against plagiarism and other forms of misconduct. ElsevierConnect: High-tech approaches to high-tech fraud  


Counterbalanced blog: Q&A on research misconduct with Dr Ginny Barbour

The interesting Counterbalanced blog, which takes a look at science headlines in the news and examines the headlines behind them, has posted a fascinating Q&A session with Dr Ginny Barbour, Chief Editor of PLOS Medicine, Chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics and a member of UKRIO’s Advisory Board. Counterbalanced – Fixing the Fraud: Q&A […]


How open should institutions be about the outcomes of research misconduct investigations?

There are some issues which crop up in requests for our advice time and time again. One of these is how open should institutions be when discussing the outcomes of investigations into allegations of research misconduct. What should they say when an enquiry finishes? What information should they give out about a proven allegation? What […]


Why UKRIO doesn’t want – or need – regulatory powers

There are a few questions that we get asked fairly often at UKRIO, especially by those who are new to our work. One of the most common is whether we want to have regulatory powers, so it would be mandatory to follow our guidance. Another is whether we would become a statutory regulator for research […]


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 […]


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 […]

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