(5 Jan 2023) Almost 70% of researchers based in Europe say that they have been involved in projects in the past three years that listed authors who did not contribute sufficiently to the work, according to a major survey. The survey also raises questions about whether academics in the United States are underestimating the prevalence of ‘questionable research practices’ (QRPs).
The International Research Integrity Survey (IRIS) received responses from around 47,000 academics in Europe and the United States about their experience of eight QRPs, including inadequate peer review; deliberate failure to report contradictory findings; lack of supervision of junior colleagues; and conducting research without ethics approval. Inappropriate authorship — listing authors who did not adequately contribute to a manuscript — was the most common QRP encountered by the respondents.
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