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David Latchman has ‘no case to answer’ after research misconduct investigation

But master of Birkbeck has accepted that there were ‘procedural matters’ in his lab that ‘required attention’

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Confidential medical data found abandoned on campus

Names, addresses and sensitive information discovered in unlocked filing cabinet at University of Bedfordshire

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Is mass authorship destroying the credibility of papers?

The rise in ‘kilo-authors’ and ‘gift authorship’ is causing the academy to rethink how it assesses the worth of academic publications

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International students 'oversimplify ethical dilemmas'

Training needs to recognise US and overseas students’ different approaches to decision-making, study concludes

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News blog: How big a sin is Zygmunt Bauman's alleged self-plagiarism?

The eminent sociologist is entitled to draw on his long lifetime of thought, but should probably be clearer about the extent to which he is doing so, says Paul Jump

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The worst piece of peer review I’ve ever received

Six academics share their experiences before delivering a verdict on the system

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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.

Rejected work gets back in the line-up

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

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We need to stand up for early career researchers, says Catherine Fletcher

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Kevin Haggerty and Aaron Doyle offer tips on making postgraduate study even tougher (which students could also use to avoid pitfalls if they prefer)

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China continues to advance, but Japan dips in Shanghai Jiao Tong ranking based on research strength

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Six academics share their experiences before delivering a verdict on the system

There are some important dos and don’ts to bear in mind when choosing someone to oversee your doctoral thesis, advises Tara Brabazon