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HEC software shows its director’s paper 88pc plagiarised – The News (Waseem Abbasi | December 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on March 10, 2018

ISLAMABAD: Fighting plagiarism is one of the major functions of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) but the commission’s own Executive Director has allegedly stole over 80 percent of his co-authored research paper from another publication.

As Homer Simpson would say, “DOH!” Reminds us of Greiner setting up ICAC and then having to resign as a result of their investigation.

As per the documents available with The News, the Curriculum Vitae (CV) of current Executive Director of Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Arshad Ali mentions a co-authored research paper which is over 88 percent plagiarised when tested with the official software of the commission.
According to HEC Act and rules, the Executive Director is the second most important official of the commission being the principal accounting officer of the body that manages about Rs90 billion budget annually. He acts as head of HEC Secretariat and also as the Secretary of the Commission’s governing body which makes policies on improving quality of education and fighting plagiarism. In an expression of its resolve against academic-theft, the commission has placed about 21 black-listed faculty members and researchers on its website along with its detailed anti-plagiarism policy.

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University Under Fire For Off-The-Grid Herpes Vaccine Experiments – Kaiser Health News (Marisa Taylor | January 2018)0

Posted by Admin in on March 1, 2018

WASHINGTON — Southern Illinois University’s medical school has halted all herpes research, one of its most high-profile projects, amid growing controversy over a researcher’s unauthorized methods offshore and in the U.S.

This update doesn’t add much new to this shocking story (and we have included earlier reporting in the Resource Library), but this report offers an opportunity to reflect on the importance of institutions taking proportionate, firm but fair action when confronted with dangerous lone-wolf misdeeds.

SIU’s ethics panel launched a “full” investigation Dec. 5 of the herpes vaccine experiments by university professor William Halford, according to a memo obtained by Kaiser Health News.
Halford, who died in June, had injected Americans with his experimental herpes vaccine in St. Kitts and Nevis in 2016 and in Illinois hotel rooms in 2013 without routine safety oversight from the Food and Drug Administration or an institutional review board, according to ongoing reporting by KHN. Some of the participants say they are experiencing side effects.
The panel, known as the Misconduct in Science Committee, told SIU’s medical school dean that the inquiry should not only investigate the extent of Halford’s alleged wrongdoing, but also scrutinize “members of his research team,” according to the Dec. 5 memo obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

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Officials probing CUNY staffers’ shady publishing deals – New York Post (By Carl Campanile and Bruce Golding | December 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on February 27, 2018

State officials are investigating whether CUNY professors improperly scored tenure and promotions by publishing research papers with the help of shady, pay-to-play companies, The Post has learned.

Not only is this story another example of a formal investigation of illegitimate publishers it’s a sign that claiming such a publication for promotional/research activity incentives could be considered fraud with that having serious consequences

About a dozen educators at Queensborough Community College — including two department heads — are subjects of the probe by state Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott, sources familiar with the matter said.
The investigation is also focused on “open-access” publishers, including the World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, sources said.
WASET hosts scores of events around the world each year, and is planning one in March in Miami, where it is charging academics close to $600 to present papers for publication in a “Proceedings Volume.”
Participants can present additional papers for a fee of about $120.

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NHMRC Open Access Policy (previously also referred to as the NHMRC Policy on the Dissemination of Research Findings)0

Posted by Admin in on February 25, 2018

NHMRC supports the sharing of outputs from NHMRC funded research including publications and data. The aims of the NHMRC Open Access Policy are to mandate the open access sharing of publications and encourage innovative open access to research data. This policy also requires that patents resulting from NHMRC funding be made findable through listing in SourceIP.

AHRECS believes this was a useful opportunity for the NHMRC to direct funding recipients not to publish funded research with illegitimate publishers

Combined, these approaches will help to increase reuse of data, improve research integrity and contribute to a stronger knowledge economy. Open access will also assist with reporting, demonstration of research achievement, improve track record assessment processes for the long term and contribute to better collaborations.
All recipients of NHMRC grants must therefore comply with all elements of the NHMRC Open Access Policy

Access the NHMRC policy announcement