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 views of Michael Farthing and Liz Wager of UKRIO’s Advisory Board.
Elsewhere, Chris Chambers and Petroc Sumner from Cardiff University discuss the internal and external pressures that can lead researchers to fall short of the fundamentals of good practice and whether widespread cultural change is needed in UK research:
Rebekah Higgit discusses a historical view of research fraud in a fascinating exploration of Charles Babbage’s 1830 book Reflections on the Decline of Science in England, and on Some of its Causes: