Science Policy Session 1
Sunday, 6 September, 13:15 - 14:15 Hall 9
Publication consultant, Sideview, Princes Risborough and Visiting Professor, University of Split School of Medicine, HR
Why research integrity isn’t just ‘somebody else’s problem’
Researchers require many skills and personal qualities, some of which fall under the heading of ‘research integrity’. While most scientists don’t set out to be dishonest, a good understanding of responsible research and publication practices is important as some of the conventions aren’t obvious and it is possible to commit some forms of misconduct inadvertently. Supervisors and mentors also need to think about their responsibility for creating a positive working environment that encourages good practice. Senior scientists and institution leaders need to consider how cases of suspected misconduct should be handled. I will give an overview of relevant guidelines and organizations and present evidence about whether training in responsible research conduct is effective.
Elizabeth (Liz) Wager, PhD is a freelance publications consultant and trainer who has worked with doctors, editors, and publication professionals on six continents. She chaired the Committee on Publication Ethics (2009-2012) and is a member of the Ethics Committees of the BMJ and the World Association of Medical Editors. She has written various COPE guidelines, Good Publication Practice for Pharmaceutical Companies (2003), EMWA guidelines on the role of medical writers (2005), Wiley-Blackwell Guidelines on Publication Ethics (2006) and books on ‘Getting Research Published: An A to Z of Publication Strategy’ (2nd edition 2010) and ‘How to Survive Peer Review’ (2002).