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Scale of research misconduct is unknown because of poor reporting by universities, say MPs

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 10 July 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3034
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

A quarter of UK universities are failing to produce an annual report on research integrity, a parliamentary inquiry has found.

The report by the Commons Science and Technology Committee identified a “lack of consistent transparency” in reporting data on the number of misconduct investigations, and inconsistency in the way the information is recorded.

These failings have made it difficult to calculate the scale of research misconduct in the UK, it concluded.

The report examined what is known about problems arising from errors, questionable practices, and fraud in research, and what action is needed to make sure that …

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