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Research integrity in the news

Jan
10
2012

Oncology Times reports on research misconduct in the United States and a particular case at Duke University

Oncology Times discusses the investigation of research misconduct in the United States and whether a case at Duke University, North Carolina has wider implications. Oncology Times: Duke Scandal Highlights Systemic Problems, but Key Issues Receive Insufficient Attention Further information on the case can be found in this article by The Economist from September 2011: The […]

Jan
5
2012

British Medical Journal: Research misconduct and unreported clinical trial data

Fiona Godlee discusses research misconduct and notes, as UKRIO has stated for some time, that defining research misconduct as fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism is insufficient, as it does not cover the broad spectrum of practices which can harm the quality and integrity of research. The editorial is free to access. Other material in BMJ explores […]

Jan
4
2012

Nature discusses how to stop plagiarism in scientific publishing

Nature reports how plagiarism can be easily detected by suitable software but is still a problem. Ten experts discuss how to prevent plagiarism. Nature: Science publishing – How to stop plagiarism (subscription required)

Jan
4
2012

BBC Radio 4 Today discusses whether all medical research should be published

Further to the British Medical Journal’s discussions on how the biomedical research community selectively publishes clinical trials results, BMJ editor-in-chief Fiona Godlee and neuroscientist Professor Colin Blakemore explore whether all medical research should be published to avoid giving an inaccurate picture. A podcast of the discussion can be downloaded from the BBC website: BBC Radio 4 […]

Jan
3
2012

NEJM discusses copyright and open access

The New England Journal of Medicine reports on developments that suggest that clinicians and researchers need to be more aware of copyright and related issues. NEJM: Copyright and Open Access at the Bedside

Dec
29
2011

Nature Neuroscience on investigating research misconduct

Nature Neuroscience discusses the need to ensure that there is a clear, transparent process for investigating and reporting accusations of scientific misconduct. Nature Neuroscience: Overseeing Research Integrity

Dec
29
2011

British Medical Journal discusses how different countries address research misconduct

The BMJ has published an overview of different countries’ approaches to addressing issues of research integrity (subscription required). The original online version of the article contained serious errors concerning UKRIO. Our response can be found here and we are grateful to BMJ for allowing us to set the record straight. UKRIO response to British Medical […]

Sep
5
2011

BBC News, Nature and Retraction Watch report on journal editor’s resignation

As reported by BBC News, Nature, Retraction Watch and others, Wolfgang Wagner, the editor of Remote Sensing, has resigned, stating that his journal should not have published a controversial paper on climate change. He discusses his resignation in an editorial.

Aug
3
2011

PLoS Medicine discusses how to prevent ‘ghostwriting’

A fascinating article by Professors Stern and Leemens of the University of Toronto on the practice of ‘ghostwriting’ of medical journal articles. They argue that a legal approach could be more effective at prevent ghostwriting and so-called ‘guest authors’ who are listed as authors on ghostwritten articles even though they do not fulfill criteria for […]

Jul
28
2011

Nature discusses the need to be alert for signs of research fraud

Nature discusses a case of misconduct in research and how vigilance over early signs of misconduct is crucial to tackling scientific fraud.

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