Tag Archives: academic integrity

Publishers launch joint effort to tackle altered images in research papers

(13 May 2020)  From Nature: “The world’s largest science publishers are teaming up to discuss how to automatically flag altered or duplicated images in research papers. A new working group — the first formal cross-industry initiative to discuss the issue — aims to set standards for software that screens papers for problematic images during peer […]


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Webinar: detecting image manipulation (2020/2/27)

(11 Feb 2020) From Elsevier Research Academy: “Advancing technology has put the control of scientific images in the hands of researchers and authors. According to most journal guidelines, images submitted with a manuscript for review should be minimally processed. However, with limited knowledge on the subject, it is difficult to assess whether the manipulation of an image is […]


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The full-service paper mill and its Chinese customers

(24 Jan 2020)  An investigation by Elisabeth Bik, Smut Clyde, Morty and Tiger BB8 reveals the workings of a paper mill. Its customers are Chinese doctors desperate for promotion. Apparently even journal editors are part of the scam, publishing fraudulent made-up science. Read the full story here.  


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Image recycling leads to 5-year funding ban for cancer researcher

(7 Nov 2019)  A former researcher at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Nebraska has agreed to a five-year ban from the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI) on receiving federal science funding after being found guilty of having fabricated data in numerous grant applications and articles. The researcher has been reported using the same […]


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Publishing standards help fight bias against Chinese authors

(20 Aug 2019) A new set of standards to define publishing misconduct in China should make Chinese authors’ work more acceptable to international journals, according to the standards’ lead author. The agency in charge of China’s publishing sector, the National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA), released and adopted in July the Academic publishing specification—Definition of academic misconduct for […]


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UK to set up research integrity committee by 2020

(25 Jul 2019)  The UK is establishing a research integrity committee to better monitor how robustly the nation’s universities carry out research misconduct investigations. The committee is due to begin its work in early next summer, the government has announced. More details can be found here.  


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Sweden passes law For national research misconduct agency

(10 Jul 2019)  Sweden has passed a law to create a government agency to investigate research misconduct. On June 18, the Swedish Parliament passed the law to create the Research Misconduct Board, which will become active in January 2020 and oversee cases of misconduct from public higher education institutions, central government agencies, municipalities, county councils, […]


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China cracks down on academic misconduct, issues tough guidelines for authors and institutions

(31 May 2019) China, one of the leading countries in scientific research, is working proactively to ensure that the researchers in the country abide by the highest standards of academic integrity. On May 30, 2018, the ruling Communist Party and the State Council issued new guidelines according to which the conduct of scientists and institutions […]


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Why is citing important?

(17 April 2017)   Mohd Ikhwan Ismail, Senior Librarian, Universiti Sains Malaysia notes that students often ask why citing is important. He shares with us here several points about proper citing to discuss with students.


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Center for Open Science and the Center for Scientific Integrity announce partnership

(24 November 2015) The Center for Open Science (COS) and The Center For Scientific Integrity (CSI), the parent organization of Retraction Watch, announce a technology partnership to collaborate on creating a database of retractions on the Open Science Framework. The partnership supports each group’s mission to increase transparency and integrity in science and scientific publishing. […]


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Monash publishes new Academic Integrity online tutorial

(10 March 2014)   The new Academic Integrity online tutorial was jointly developed by the Office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) and Monash University Library as part of the implementation of the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures. Modules include ethics, several on various aspects of plagiarism, collusion and getting help. Read the announcement here.  


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