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Research integrity in the news

Jan
9
2013

Rehabilitation programmes for scientists involved in research misconduct

Saint Louis University in the United States has created a course to help rehabilitate researchers who have committed research misconduct. Nature reports how the university has launched its ‘RePAIR’ programme – ‘Restoring Professionalism and Integrity in Research’ – in response to the rapid growth of misconduct cases. The US Office of Research Integrity (ORI) reported that […]

Dec
4
2012

Pre-publication research granted exemption from the Freedom of Information Act

The Government has agreed to introduce an exemption to the Freedom Information Act for on-going research. The proposed amendment will afford the protection already existing in Scotland to pre-publication research conducted in England and Wales. The announcement was made in response to a report by the House of Common Justice Committee. This recommended that pre- publication […]

Nov
22
2012

Times Higher Education discusses whether larger research labs are more likely to be involved in research misconduct

This week, Paul Jump of Times Higher Education explores if lab size might influence the occurrence of sloppy or fraudulent research. Times Higher Education: Small, medium or large

Oct
30
2012

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 […]

Oct
19
2012

SpotOn London 2012: discussion session on research misconduct

The Counterbalanced science blog reports that it will be co-ordinating a discussion session on research misconduct at SpotOn London next month. SpotOn London is an annual two-day conference hosted by nature.com for anyone interested in how science is communicated and carried out online. This year’s event is taking place 11-12 November at the Wellcome Collection […]

Oct
1
2012

UKRIO responds to ‘Misconduct accounts for the majority of retracted scientific publications’

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) today published a comprehensive review of retracted research papers in biomedicine and the life sciences. The study, which looked at over 2,000 biomedical and life science papers listed by the PubMed database as retracted, found that roughly two-thirds of retractions were because of fraud or suspected […]

Sep
14
2012

The Guardian discusses fraud in academic and medical research

The Guardian explores in three articles the growing awareness of research misconduct and the need to do more to sustain the integrity of academic and medical research. Alok Jha discusses several cases of proven misconduct, the impact of questionable practices and what can be done to improve the integrity of research. His article includes the […]

Sep
13
2012

Times Higher Education discusses how online research data must be open to proper scrutiny and issues with peer review

This week, Times Higher Education discusses how making online research data properly open to scrutiny might help prevent research misconduct and explores problems with the process of peer review: Times Higher: Decent Exposure Times Higher: Peer pressure

Aug
24
2012

Times Higher Education discusses whether the UK is doing enough to address research misconduct

This week’s Times Higher Education discusses whether UK higher education needs to fundamentally change its approach to cases of research misconduct and isues of research integrity. Times Higher Education -Faking It Times Higher Education – Leader: Clarity begins at home UKRIO agrees that there should be a more systematic and visible effort to promote integrity in […]

Aug
15
2012

Nature reports on how independent laboratories can verify papers

Nature reports on a reproducibility initiative which aims to speed up clinical research and reduce the chance of other researchers of basing their work on inaccurate results. It describes how publishers of scientific research are supporting this initiative, which will urge authors to get their findings replicated by independent laboratories. Replicated studies will earn benefits […]

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