Research ethics

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New document sets 'benchmark' for others to follow, according to research policy expert

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Author of new research says journals are ‘not doing’ enough to combat the phenomenon

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Jeffrey Beall’s blacklist of predatory publishers has disappeared, and so too should ideas about ‘good’ and ‘bad’ journals, argues Martin Parker

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Holly Else explores the emotional, reputational and practical barriers to correcting mistakes

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James McCrostie was shocked to discover the extent of ‘predatory conferences’, but even more shocked by those abetting them

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New analysis reveals importance of old university networks for advancement

David Latchman’s work to be subject of new inquiry after he was cleared in 2015

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Anonymous interviews explore how scholars use gossip to warn others of wrongdoers – but it may not always work

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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Jeremy Berg warns scientists are straying into policy commentator roles

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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

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

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

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