Professor Mike Farthing, vice-chair of the UK Research Integrity Office, founding chair of COPE and vice-chancellor of the University of Sussex, has written an article in the Times Higher Education on research misconduct in the UK. He discusses the role of COPE, UKRIO (UK Research Integrity Office), and the Concordat to Support Research Integrity which was published this week.
Driven by the main research funders and Universities UK, the Concordat aims to provide “a comprehensive national framework” for research governance. The Concordat follows a meeting held in January this year, organised jointly by COPE and the BMJ, where a number of representatives from universities, funders, journals and lobby groups discussed research integrity in the UK. This led to the publication of a consensus statement in the BMJ which advocated that 'the UK’s mechanisms for ensuring good research conduct and investigating research misconduct need to be strengthened".
The Concordat is also discussed in this week's Nature.