News & Opinion
The 2nd Brazilian Meeting on Research Integrity, Science and Publication Ethics takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre between 28 May 2012 and 1 June 2012. Click here for more information.
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A new study on retractions shows that the system is effective for alerting the community to invalid work. The Scholarly Kitchen discusses an article ("Governing knowledge in the scientific community: Exploring the role of retractions in biomedicine“ pub in Research Policy, March 2012 by, J Furman, K Jensen, and F Murray) that reports on a study of 677 article retractions identified in MEDLINE between 1972 and 2006. The results show that the retraction system is fast (nearly 15% of all retractions took place during the year of publication and 50% within 24 months); democratic (there does not appear to be bias due to geographical location or institutional affiliation); and the effect of issuing retractions on article citations is severe and long-lived. Read in full here.
The next COPE Forum meeting is being held on Monday 5 March 2012, 3-5pm, in the Council Chamber, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), 5-11 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8SH. All COPE members are welcome to attend, whether or not they are presenting a case. Download the agenda and materials here (PDF, 136kb).
A joint COPE/BMJ consensus statement on research misconduct in the UK has been published both on the COPE and BMJ websites (available here). The consensus statement relates to the recent high-level meeting on research misconduct organised by COPE and the BMJ. More information on this meeting can be seen here.
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