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New research integrity code published

28 March 2017

A new European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity sets out principles of research integrity, criteria for good research practice, and describes how to prevent violations of research integrity. ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, who has just published the code, claims it will provide European researchers from all disciplines and all research settings with a framework for self-regulation.

Dr Maura Hiney, from the Health Research Board, chaired the Drafting Group of the new code and comments,

'This revised code for research integrity is timely. There have been major changes in the research landscape recently, driven by technological advances and the more recent move towards openness and transparency in publishing and peer review. For the first time, both public and private research organisations were involved in agreeing these common principles. I believe that this revised code will underpin both local and national policy development as well as providing researchers with the tools they need to do high-quality, reproducible research'.

The present revision is motivated by developments in the European research funding and regulatory landscape, changing institutional responsibilities, and evolving review procedures. It addresses recent and emerging challenges emanating from technological developments, open science, citizen science and social media, among other areas.

It will also apply to expanding open access publishing, the use of digital repositories, and takes into account new ways of communicating science and involving citizens in research.

More details are available from the press release on the ALLEA website at the link below. The full report is also available to download from the second link.

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