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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.

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BMJ's Research Integrity Manager Simone Ragavooloo works to resolve all BMJ's potential ethical or legal concerns that relate to 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.

She does this by regularly attending 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.  

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. 



Helen MacDonald is The BMJ’s Clinical Editor and Research Integrity Editor for The BMJ and BMJ Journals, and has worked as an editor at The BMJ since 2008 (initially as an editorial registrar). Today, she develops The BMJ's  Rapid Recommendations and Living Systematic series, champions aspects of our campaigns on Better Evidence and Too Much Medicine, and is heavily involved in strengthening medical ethics in publishing through the work of the research integrity team.

Helen is a medically qualified general practitioner. She also has a BA in Medical Journalism (first class honours, University of Westminster) and an MSc in Evidence-Based Healthcare (distinction, University of Oxford). It is the blending of all of these skills together, to communicate clear and helpful information for discussions about health and healthcare, which drives her work at BMJ.