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Academic Integrity in China (Books: Chen and Macfarlane 2015)0

Posted by Admin in on January 16, 2016

Abstract: The chapter will explore academic integrity in relation to the research (mis)conduct of academic faculty in universities in China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan). The academic profession in China is state sponsored rather than autonomous and has one of the lowest basic salary levels internationally. The rapid growth of higher education in China, allied with performative pressures in the ranking race, has led to increasing concerns about research integrity focused mainly on the conventional misconduct categories of falsification, fabrication, and plagiarism. However, research integrity in China also needs to be understood by reference to cultural norms, including the building of relationships and courtesy toward
and respect for authority. Norms based on a Western conceptualization of research integrity do little to challenge or alter practices associated with guanxi and the intensive norms of reciprocity which dominate academic life in China. Weak professional self-regulation and poor academic socialization have also contributed to the current problematic situation of academic integrity in China.

Chen, S. & Macfarlane, B. (2015) Academic Integrity in China, IN Bretag, T. (ed.) Handbook of Academic Integrity, Springer, Dordrecht, forthcoming

JIF-boosting stratagems – Which are appropriate and which not? (Paper: B Martin, 2016)0

Posted by Admin in on November 14, 2015

Journal editors report having come under pressure to increase the Journal Impact Factor of their publication. Unfortunately, this has spawned a range of questionable editorial practices designed to game the system, including adding multiple citations to the journal in journal editorials, increasing self-citation within the journal by pressurising authors, creating publication rings of self-citation practices between a small number of allied journals, queuing articles online for up to two years before hard publication. In a substantial and welcome editorial piece, Research Policy analyses these trends and argues that in compromising their own integrity editors are forfeiting their authority over other forms of research misconduct.

Martin, B. (2016) Editorial: Editors’ JIF-boosting stratagems – Which are appropriate and which not? Research Policy 45, 1–7.
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Ethics CORE (National Ethics Centre)0

Posted by Admin in on June 1, 2015

Please note that membership is required to access this resource. No one from the AHRECS’ team has reviewed the Ethics CORE.

The Flinders University’s research office that the site “is an online ethics resource developed by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It contains 5,400 full text articles, 45 professional society codes of ethics and other resources.”


Australian Psychological Society ethical resources0

Posted by Admin in on May 31, 2015

“APS members are required to abide by principles of professional conduct, responsibilities and confidentiality. These are set and monitored by the APS in its Code of Ethics. The Code was developed to safeguard the welfare of consumers of psychological services and the integrity of the profession. The APS Ethics Committee may investigate breaches of these standards, and those found guilty of breaches may be censured or excluded from membership of the APS.”

The web site includes links to:

APS Code of Ethics (Update 7 September 2007)
Go to APS Ethical Guidelines (Members only)
Ethics resources (Members only)
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