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Research integrity at BMJ

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At BMJ, we take a positive and proactive approach to preventing and addressing errors and misconduct. Our highly skilled staff work to raise awareness of best practices and ethical conduct in research, investigate unethical practices, provide training and investigation resources, and act as an advisory service for staff and editors.

Contact Cat Chatfield or Simone Ragavooloo by emailing publication.ethics@bmj.com


qhc_24_8_OFC.inddCat Chatfield is Research Integrity Editor for The BMJ, working to support and train editors across BMJ in best editorial practice, and to give advice on specific manuscripts. She also co-leads The BMJ's work to support clinician wellbeing.

Cat studied history and philosophy of science at the University of Cambridge before qualifying as a doctor at St George's, University of London in 2006. She then worked as a general practitioner before coming to work on quality improvement (QI) for The BMJ. During this time, Cat worked with the QI Editor and UK charity The Health Foundation on a series of articles discussing key challenges and providing practical support to help clinicians to improve healthcare.

She also created learning resources and a digital platform to teach and support clinicians to undertake QI work as Clinical Lead for BMJ Quality, editor of the journal BMJ Quality Improvement Reports, now BMJ Open Quality. 

Part of her remit was to sit on the international steering committee for the International Forum in Quality and Safety in Healthcare and its associated scientific symposium, a role she still enjoys today. Contact Cat with your questions and queries.

 

qhc_24_8_OFC.inddSimone Ragavooloo is Research Integrity Coordinator for BMJ Journals.  She joined the company in 2017 as an editorial production editor to manage our quality assurance and performance processes with editorial responsibility for over 70 journals.  

With formal academic qualifications in biological sciences and extensive experience across both the production and editorial branches of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) publishing. Simone worked in similar roles at SpringerNature; Biomed Central. 

Today, Simone resolves potential ethical or legal concerns in editorial and production procedures. Whilst she predominantly focuses on maintaining BMJ’s high research integrity standards, Simone also supports the upkeep of best practices within the wider publishing community.

Simone regularly attends relevant publishing seminars to meet other like-minded peers who share her passion for building a strong culture of research integrity and publication ethics in the scientific community. Get in touch with Simone today to find out which event she plans to attend next.