Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research
Research Councils UK published new RCUK Policy and guidelines on governance of good research conduct. The new document replaces the RCUK Policy and Code of Conduct on the Governance of Good Research Conduct, published in July 2009, and was developed after a wide consultation with partners across the higher education and research sector. It covers the promotion of good research conduct, including good conduct in peer review, the need for appropriate training and development, what constitutes unacceptable research conduct, and the investigation and reporting of unacceptable research conduct.
Misrepresentation is clearly stated as unacceptable research conduct alongside fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism. Examples of misrepresentation given in the document include:
Guidelines listed on the EQUATOR website should help researchers and research organisation comply with the principles outlined in the RCUK guidance.
How did a journalist end up in the EQUATOR Network team? That is a question I hear very often: what is a journalist doing working among medical doctors and statisticians? What is your role? Well, it started very early...