Recommendations for the Investigation of Research Misconduct

From The Embassy of Good Science

Recommendations for the Investigation of Research Misconduct

What is this about?

The publication is called a Handbook. It is a kind of consensus document although representing different views on different topics reflecting a diversified European picture when it comes to experiences and lessons learned. The Handbook has a set of “practical step by step” recommendations or things to consider when dealing with possible research misconduct or unaccepted practices.

Why is this important?

The Handbook might be of help answering to questions related to how to deal with misconduct cases.

How should research misconduct be defined and how will it differ from unacceptable research practices? How should allegations be handled? What if an allegation involves several institutions and/or researchers in different countries?  Why is it important to have a formal research integrity system in each European country to deal with research misconduct and is there any best model? Where should countries with no RI structures start? Should responsibility be local or national?  What about openness and transparency versus confidentiality when dealing with possible misconduct cases?

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