Nature discussues how scientific misconduct is now starting to be taken much more seriously worldwide. The article states how different countries are starting to strengthen their response to scientific misconduct and that research integrity is now very much in the world's spotlight. The UK has a [voluntary] concordat for which universities have agreed to adopt, obliging them to investigate allegations of misconduct. A study in the US, due in 2013, is likely to call for changes in how misconduct is defined and policed by US agencies. And Canada has created a Tri-Agency Framework for the Responsible Conduct of Research at its main funding agencies. This framework 'oversees publicly and privately funded research and has a secretariat to support university misconduct investigations'.
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