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Infographic: Choosing the Right Journal for Your Research – Wiley Exchanges (Vicky Kinsman | March 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on March 24, 2017

If you’re just starting out in your research career, one of the first challenges you might face is deciding which journal is right for your submission. With so many prestigious journals out there, which one is going to give you the best chances of publishing successfully? Based on the expert advice of our editors, we’ve put together the guide below to give you an overview of the questions you need to ask and the points you need to consider in order to choose the RIGHT journal for your work.

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We know strictly speaking this isn’t a research integrity resource, but we think that this infographic provides some terrific prompts to help HDR candidates and other ECRs avoid some depressingly prevalent publishing woes.

Using Social Media as a Research Recruitment Tool: Ethical Issues and Recommendations (Papers: Luke Gelinas, et al | 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on March 23, 2017

The use of social media as a recruitment tool for research with humans is increasing, and likely to continue to grow. Despite this, to date there has been no specific regulatory guidance and there has been little in the bioethics literature to guide investigators and institutional review boards (IRBs) faced with navigating the ethical issues such use raises. We begin to fill this gap by first defending a nonexceptionalist methodology for assessing social media recruitment; second, examining respect for privacy and investigator transparency as key norms governing social media recruitment; and, finally, analyzing three relatively novel aspects of social media recruitment: (i) the ethical significance of compliance with website “terms of use”; (ii) the ethics of recruiting from the online networks of research participants; and (iii) the ethical implications of online communication from and between participants. Two checklists aimed at guiding investigators and IRBs through the ethical issues are included as appendices.

ethics, privacy, recruitment, research, social media, transparency

Gelinas L, Pierce R, Winkler S, Cohen G, Fernandez H, and Bierer L&B (2017) Using Social Media as a Research Recruitment Tool: Ethical Issues and Recommendations, The American Journal of Bioethics, 17(3), pp3-14, DOI: 10.1080/15265161.2016.1276644

Pay to play? Three new ways companies are subverting academic publishing – Retraction Watch (Alison McCook | March 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on March 22, 2017

A research ethics company threatened to investigate all of an author’s papers if he or she didn’t donate thousands to support the company’s efforts!

Some recent communications from companies involved in academic publishing have some journal representatives worried. In one instance, a manuscript editing company offered to pay an editor to help its papers get published in his journal; in another, a research ethics company threatened to investigate all of an author’s papers if he or she didn’t donate thousands to support the company’s efforts. Bottom line: Research authors (and editors) should beware companies offering unethical manuscript editing and other publishing services. Below are examples (which we’ve verified) compiled by Chris Graf, Co-Vice Chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and Society Partnership Director at Wiley; Richard Holt, editor-in-chief of Diabetic Medicine and researcher at the University of Southampton; Tamara Welschot, the Director of Research Integrity and Publishing Services at Springer Nature; and Matt Hodgkinson, Head of Research Integrity, Hindawi Limited.
We share for the benefit of researchers (and journal editors and publishers) three new warnings cut from the same cloth as other recent peer review “scams.” These warnings appear to indicate that third parties continue to attempt to inappropriately influence peer review and journal publishing.
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Everything You Need to Know About Conflicts of Interest (Part II) – Psychology Today (Sara Gorman and Jack M. Gorman | February 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on March 20, 2017

It’s not just about the money.

As we discussed in Part I of this three-part series on conflicts of interest, it’s not exactly a surprise that money can be a powerful influence on scientists’ and physicians’ behavior. Scientists and physicians who take money from drug companies are prone to design studies in ways that favor the company’s products[1], to minimize adverse side effects the company’s medications cause, and to prescribe the company’s medications to their patients.[2] Organizations that formulate guidelines for the treatment of various illnesses often have financial relationships with companies that make products recommended in the guidelines.[3]

These facts have led to many policies that attempt to make financial relationships between the pharmaceutical industry and the biomedical world more transparent. Journals require disclosure statements by authors of potential conflicts of interest and laws like the federal Physicians Payment Sunshine Act of 2010 mandate that payments by medical product manufacturers to physicians and teaching hospitals be reported to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and made public on a website.

Other forms of financial incentives to scientists also frequently make the news. Recently, for example, the media revealed that scientists who concluded that fat rather than sugar is the most harmful part of our diet received money to support their research from the sugar industry. Similar alarms have been raised about the relationships between agricultural scientists who study the effects of pesticides and the safety of GMOs and the companies that make those products.

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This is Part II of this series
Go to Part III of this series*

* Part III doesn’t really discuss Conflicts of interest in research of any CoI so though we link to it here we’ve not included Part III in the Resource Library