Focus Tracks

Ensuring integrity in innovation and impact (FT1)

Publication is not the end point in the story of research. For it to deliver a benefit, it has to be used by someone to deliver an impact. This may be by those setting policy or developing a new drug…the impacts of research are broad and far-reaching.

Principles of research integrity have been captured in many ways, and there is general agreement about them. How do the principles of research integrity apply to the task of research translation? What additional principles might be required in order to ensure that the translation of research is as honest and trustworthy as the research itself? The discussion can the progress to consideration of the interpretation of principles of research integrity as they apply to innovation and impact.

This work is an extension of the idea of research integrity that is currently constrained to the conduct of research, but allows us to consider how the principles might apply across the whole research lifecycle.

Co-Chairs

  • Daniel Barr and Maura Hiney

How can we improve organizational assessment of researchers (FT2)

Improving the current system of faculty incentives and rewards is a crucial complement to other attempts, such as training, to improve research integrity, but has been relatively neglected.

Assessment of researchers is necessary for decisions of hiring, promotion, and tenure. The current system of faculty incentives and rewards is perceived by many as perverse, possibly rewarding questionable behaviours, and misaligned with the needs of society and disconnected from the evidence about the causes of the reproducibility crisis and suboptimal quality of the scientific publication record. A set of high-level principles for better assessing scientists and associated research and policy implications to both foster and reward research integrity is proposed following on from a 2018 publication by David Moher and colleagues and other initiatives. These will be discussed and refined as the basis for the ‘Hong Kong Manifesto for Assessing Researchers: Fostering Research Integrity’.

Using those principles as a basis, this focus track will review the principles along with participant discussion about their nomination/selection, applicability, and merit (session 1). Similarly, the focus track will look at how these principles, and other evidence-based principles might be endorsed and implemented in different countries, institutions, and disciplines.

Chair

  • David Moher, University of Ottawa; and Ottawa Hospital Research InstituteReference: Moher D, et al (2018) Assessing scientists for hiring, promotion, and tenure. PLoS Biol 16(3): e2004089 (https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.2004089)

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