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Metrics: how to handle them responsibly

Amid concerns about the growing use – and abuse – of quantitative measures in universities, a major new review examines the role of metrics in the assessment of research, from the REF to performance management

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Ruling forces release of Cambridge sheep research data

Information Commissioner orders university to share information with animal rights groups following FoI request

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The use of raw grant income as a performance target has got to go – now

This mendacious metric is dangerous for individuals and the sector, and bad news for the taxpayer, argues Philip Moriarty

Paper disputes causes of research misconduct

The pressure to publish high-profile papers may not be linked to research misconduct, a new study has found.

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Why do scientists struggle to reproduce results?

Researchers face pressure to hype and report selectively, says Dorothy Bishop

Drugs on campus: from psychedelia to responsible research

Ross Aikins considers the evolution of substance use and how universities shape the debate

Some cheats are enterprising, if not moral

Christopher Bigsby on those who take a creative approach to academic rigour

The dark side of the impact agenda

Academics’ engagement activities are valuable, says Alison Phipps. But a public profile comes at a price, especially for women who study gender

Competition tests researchers’ ethics, council finds

Work by Nuffield Council on Bioethics reveals pressure on researchers to compromise on integrity and mistrust of the REF

Research v regulation: is there another way?

Mark Israel’s book Research Ethics and Integrity for Social Science looks at need for nuance in applying guidelines and protocols

Working in authoritarian regimes: academics need more guidance

Universities are not doing enough to help scholars navigate the ethical dilemmas, argues Jean Grugel

Eugenics: the academy's complicity

Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman on the long shadow cast by Francis Galton’s theory

Research misconduct ‘not as costly as you might think’

Fears about how much research funding is being wasted on fraudulent projects may be overstated.

Good science requires better teaching

We must change the way we educate students to counter rising scientific misconduct, say Tim Birkhead and Bob Montgomerie

European economists ‘swap sex for promotion’

Survey of 400 academics reveals almost all admit involvement in at least one unacceptable research practice

Rejected work gets back in the line-up

Paper turned down for plagiarising surfaces in another of publisher’s journals

Managing risk in research

Academics have ultimate responsibility for the ethics of their project, says Ron Iphofen

When the police call, researchers require backup

Shield laws could help protect confidential sources, but most vital is university support, say Ted Palys and John Lowman

Place-hacker Bradley Garrett: research at the edge of the law

Bradley Garrett, whose fieldwork was seized and used in court against the urban explorers he studied, says researchers need clear support

Why animal researchers are ending their silence

Extremists silenced institutions and scientists for years, but researchers are now willing to speak up for good practice and valuable results

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