B – Research misconduct

Farthing MJG. Research misconduct: a grand global challenge for the 21st century. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2014;29:422-427
(doi: 10.1111/jgh.12500)

According to the author, promoting the responsible conduct of research (RCR) alone may not be enough to prevent research misconduct; complementary strategies should be considered to deal with the continuing rise in the number of reported cases of research misconduct. These strategies include enhanced monitoring of research outputs and random audit using the available technology, as should be having a register of “licensed researchers.” In addition, he supports a culture change in the research community in which researchers are encouraged to admit their mistakes, and a greater collaboration between organizations to ensure standards of research integrity.