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The Concordat to Support Research Integrity – Universities UK0

Posted by Admin in on May 23, 2015
 

UK research integrity statement of principles produced by Universities UK. Initial signatories to the document were: Department for Employment and Learning; Higher Education Funding Council for England; Higher Education Funding Council for Wales; National Institute for Health Research; Research Councils UK; Scottish Funding Council; Universities UK; Wellcome Trust. A list of the current signatories can be accessed from: www.universitiesuk.ac.uk.

The foreword of The Concordant is by the UK Minister for Universities and Science.

In the summary of commitments section – ”This concordat seeks to provide a comprehensive national framework for good research conduct and its governance. As signatories to and supporters of the concordat to support research integrity, we are committed to:

  • maintaining the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research
  • ensuring that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards supporting a research environment that is underpinned by a culture of integrity and based on good governance, best practice and support for the development of researchers
  • using transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct should they arise
  • working together to strengthen the integrity of research and to reviewing progress regularly and openly”

Research Ethics and Integrity for Social Scientists: Beyond Regulatory Compliance (Books: Mark Israel 2014)0

Posted by Admin in on May 22, 2015
 

BOOKS: Israel, Mark. Research Ethics and Integrity for Social Scientists: Beyond Regulatory Compliance. Second Edition edition. London; Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE Publications Ltd, 2014.

“Ethics and integrity in research are increasingly important for social scientists around the world. We are tackling more complex problems in the face of expanding and not always sympathetic regulation. This book surveys the recent developments and debates around researching ethically and with integrity and complying with ethical requirements. The new edition pushes beyond the work of the first edition through updated and extended coverage of issues relating to international, indigenous, interdisciplinary and internet research.

Through case studies and examples drawn from all continents and from across the social science disciplines, the book:

  • demonstrates the practical value of thinking seriously and systematically about ethical conduct in social science research
  • identifies how and why current regulatory regimes have emerged
  • reveals those practices that have contributed to the adversarial relationships between researchers and regulators
  • encourages all parties to develop shared solutions to ethical and regulatory problems.”

Handbook of Academic Integrity (Books: Tracey Bretag ed 2016)0

Posted by Admin in on May 22, 2015
 

BOOK:

“The book brings together diverse views from around the world and provides a comprehensive overview of the subject, beginning with different definitions of academic integrity through how to create the ethical academy. At the same time, the Handbook does not shy away from some of the vigorous debates in the field such as the causes of academic integrity breaches. There has been an explosion of interest in academic integrity in the last 10-20 years. New technologies that have made it easier than ever for students to ‘cut and paste’, coupled with global media scandals of high profile researchers behaving badly, have resulted in the perception that plagiarism is ‘on the rise’. This, in combination with the massification and commercialisation of higher education, has resulted in a burgeoning interest in the importance of academic integrity, how to safeguard it and how to address breaches appropriately. What may have seemed like a relatively easy topic to address – students copying sources without attribution – has in fact, turned out to be a very complex, interdisciplinary field of research requiring contributions from linguists, psychologists, social scientists, anthropologists, teaching and learning specialists, mathematicians, accountants, medical doctors, lawyers and philosophers, to name just a few. Despite or perhaps because of this broad interest and input, there has been no single authoritative reference work which brings together the vast, growing, interdisciplinary and at times contradictory body of literature. For both established researchers/practitioners and those new to the field, this Handbook provides a one-stop-shop as well as a launching pad for new explorations and discussions.”

Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007)0

Posted by Admin in on May 21, 2015
 

The Australian Code is the Australian national reference for research integrity. The document was issued by the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council and Universities Australia.

The sections of the Australian Code discuss:

• The general principles of responsible research;
• The management of research data and primary materials;
• The supervision of HDRs, ECRs and other research trainees;
• Publication and dissemination of research findings;
• Authorship;
• Peer review;
• Conflicts of interest;
• Collaborative research; and
• Breaches of the Australian Code and Research Misconduct

Even though the document has not been enacted compliance with the Australian Code is a strict condition of NHMRC and ARC funding. It is expected that an update to the ‘Conflicts of interest’ section will be released later in 2015. Work is currently underway to update the ‘Breaches of the Australian Code and Research Misconduct’ section.

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