20. September 2007 11:12

Education on research conduct could yield negative result, Integrity conference told

Education or mentoring on responsible conduct of research does not always guarantee positive results on students and young researchers. Instead the talks of instructions and the effort of mentoring could, in many instances, have the opposite effect, according to a study conducted by Professor Melissa Anderson from the University of Minnesota. She was sharing her findings and presentation with the 300-some audience at the first World Conference on Research Integrity in Lisbon this week.

18. September 2007 18:52

Scientist recalls how stem cell case exemplifies research integrity

Research misconduct could be monitored on many levels - besides focusing on individual researchers’ behaviour the right mix of regulation or guidelines could also help combat misconduct as this has been proven effective in countries such as the U.S,  Japan and Germany. But good research conduct goes beyond these levels as the role of media and the science community could also affect research integrity.

18. September 2007 15:38

Potočnik, 52 countries’ representatives ponder research integrity in Lisbon

EU Commissioner for Research Janez Potočnik, Angel Gurria, the Secretary-General of the Organisation of for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and Jose-Mariano Gago, the Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education along with more than 300 participants from 52 countries are gathering in Lisbon, Portugal this week for the First World Conference on Research Integrity. This unprecedented gathering of concerned scientists, scientific managers and magazine editors from around the world is driven by the common belief that research integrity is not just an important issue for the research community as policy makers and the general public also have a great stake in it as well.

18. September 2007 13:36

Experts deconstruct research misconduct from global and Institutional perspectives

“Honesty is a synonym for integrity while dishonesty is a component of misconduct.” This is how Howard Alper defines the two poles of research integrity regarding global and institutional perspectives on the issue during the First World Conference on Research Integrity in Lisbon, Portugal.

In his presentation for the conference Alper gave an overview on the roles institutions and policies can play in fostering and undermining research integrity. “Research integrity is the firm adherence to a code of high moral or artistic values in research, and possessing, and adhering to, high moral principles and professional standards in research, while research misconduct is the violation of the standard codes of scholarly conduct and ethical behaviour in research”, he said. Alper is a chemist decorated with numerous highly prestigious fellowships and prizes and a Visiting Executive at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Ottawa.

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