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Research Councils UK issues tougher guidelines on research conduct

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1565 (Published 08 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1565
  1. Geoff Watts
  1. 1London

Research Councils UK has issued more explicit guidelines on the conduct that it expects from holders of its members’ research grants.1 Unlike the document it replaces, published in 2009, it also outlines the likely penalties facing individuals and institutions that knowingly break the rules.

“We want to be seen to be tougher, but there’s a balance to be struck,” said Dr Tony Peatfield, director of corporate affairs at the Medical Research Council. “The more you threaten sticks rather than carrots, the greater the temptation for institutions to bury stuff. …

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