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Research integrity in the news

May
11
2012

Times of India and Vancouver Sun discuss research fraud

The Times of India discusses claims that some drug companies have been writing scientific recommendations of their own products and submitting them to the Drug Controller General of India after getting them endorsed by top doctors for a quicker marketing approval: Times of India: Drugs Scam The Vancouver Sun discusses how excessive competitiveness and other […]

Apr
30
2012

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 […]

Apr
20
2012

New York Times and The Guardian discuss research integrity and misconduct

The New York Times examines a worrying rise in retractions in academic journals, the possible reasons for this and the ensuing calls for reform: New York Times: A Sharp Rise in Retractions Prompts Calls for Reform Meanwhile, The Guardian discusses a recent case of research misconduct in the United States and whether external pressures were more to […]

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
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
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

UKRIO welcomes widespread support for its work in ‘A Consensus Statement on Research Misconduct in the UK’

The UK Research Integrity Office welcomes the publication today of ‘A Consensus Statement on Research Misconduct in the UK’. UKRIO agrees that the UK’s mechanisms for ensuring good research practice need to be sustained and strengthened. We particularly welcome the Statement’s support for UKRIO and the recognition that our work deserves wider support from the […]

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