Research ethics

A foggy signpost

Infamous cases of misconduct such as that of Paolo Macchiarini are just the extremes on a long spectrum of dubious research practices, say Nick Butler, Helen Delaney and Sverre Spoelstra

Locked door

There is no simple answer to the ethical dilemmas, political manoeuvrings and relationship challenges involved in gaining access to organisations for research, says Ann Cunliffe

Two researchers conducting a lie detector test on a young woman

If lab misconduct is linked to personality traits, there is a case for assessing these when hiring scientists, say researchers

Cracked photograph of man's back during torture/interrogation

Antonio Melechi examines how enhanced interrogation techniques came to be introduced at War on Terror ‘black sites’

Dr Frankenstein and Igor in laboratory

New research also finds that the statistical power of studies in social and behavioural science has not improved in half a century

Oil derricks

Environmental organisation praises UK sector for climate efforts but calls for universities to do more

Snake oil salesman

Jeremy Berg warns scientists are straying into policy commentator roles

Sad young woman dressed as bird in cage

Debate about research on animals fails to tackle all the issues, says Gail Davies

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The Home Office has also released data showing experiments on animals across the country have broadly flatlined since 2013

Melania Trump speaks during Republican National Convention, Cleveland, Ohio, 2016

Academia is no stranger to plagiarism controversies – but US politics is. Mark Ridolfo assesses the case of Melania Trump and Michelle Obama 

Man speaking to woman standing behind changing curtain

A survey suggests research misconduct in the UK is higher than previously feared. Joanna Williams and five other academics ponder the results

Woman holding print-out of eyes over face

Dutch push to tackle fraud and ‘reproducibility crisis’ follows high-profile misconduct cases in the country

Pressure to publish can lead to unethical behaviour, writes Athene Donald

Close-up of microscope

Research Integrity and Peer Review will look at every stage of the scientific process, and could even change its own review system depending on what it finds

Pencil eraser erasing text from paper

Scientific misconduct increasingly studied as example of ‘occupational crime’, researcher says

Person using Tinder on Apple iPhone smartphone

Interviewees on dating app who wanted to be ‘used for academic purposes’ highlight the difficulties of using new technology for research

Neil Webb illustration (24 March 2016)

Tim Birkhead warns of the ‘end of science’ unless academics push back against threats to creativity and integrity

Display of Pinocchio puppets on shop shelf

Scholars in the UK and Australia contemptuous of impact statements and often exaggerate them, study suggests

Man wearing 'I have discovered the secret of eternal youth' sign

Jisc Digifest hears openness could bring benefits, but some cite plagiarism risks

Goat and a rhino on a bridge

Reflecting on the plight of the early career scholar prompts Xenia Schmalz to draw up a research manifesto

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