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Scientists disagree on responsible research

EurekAlert Maja Horst 8 April 2014

In collaboration with PhD student Cecilie Glerup from Copenhagen Business School, Maja Horst has analysed more than 250 scientific journal articles all concerned with the role of research in society and particularly the notion of responsibility. The results of their analyses have just been published in the Journal of Responsible Innovation.

“We can conclude that all the scientists are deeply concerned that their research is responsible and useful to society; they just disagree about what it means to conduct responsible research – how transparent the ivory tower should be, if you like. This is a problem because if we have different definitions of what it means to be a responsible scientist, it becomes very difficult to have a fruitful discussion about it. It also makes it very difficult to be specific about how we want scientists to act in order to be responsible.”

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From stem cell fraud to acupuncture, peer review can save us from ourselves

The Conversation Michael Vagg 2 April 2014


The process of peer review is a massive part of the reason that the scientific method is so dependably credible.

Retraction of a paper is an unusual event in serious science, and when done tends to call into question the academic capability of the authors of the paper and the peer review processes of the journal involved. It is sometimes done for ethical reasons, but retraction due to fraud or misconduct is rare and devastating to the careers of those involved.

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Second study from UQ research pair retracted after misconduct probe

ABC News Elise Worthington 5 April 2014

A second study by two controversial former University of Queensland researchers has been retracted, after statistical problems were found with the data.  The university examined 92 papers by Professor Bruce Murdoch and Dr Caroline Barwood, after problems with an article on Parkinson’s disease last year.

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Stem cell scientist ‘guilty of misconduct’

BBC News 1 April 2014

An investigation into a supposedly groundbreaking stem cell study in Japan has found the lead researcher guilty of misconduct.

The Riken Centre panel said Dr Haruko Obokata fabricated her work in an intentionally misleading fashion.

It said there were irregularities in data and images used in Dr Obokata’s scientific papers.

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Scientific Publishing: An Industry in Flux

Synapse: the ucsf student newspaper Alexandra Greer 27 March 2014

For scientists around the world, the open access movement has radically changed how journal articles are read and distributed by offering an alternative to the dominant subscription-based access model. Today, anyone can access at least some scientific articles on the web. In this three-part series, we examine the impact of open access journals on the scientific publishing industry.

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Iranian classmates reunited in Queensland lab make medical breakthrough

Brisbane Times Marissa Calligeros March 27, 2014

Iranian primary school classmates, who were serendipitously reunited in a Queensland university lab, have developed a device that may revolutionise tissue transplants.
PhD students Ashkan Heidarkhan Tehrani and Pooya Davari, both from Tehran, were sitting side-by-side in a lab at the Queensland University of Technology when they began talking about home.

Australia can nurture growth and prosperity through biology

The Conversation Merlin Crossley, Andrew Cockburn, Marguerite Evans-Galea 25 March 2014

AUSTRALIA 2025: How will science address the challenges of the future? In collaboration with Australia’s chief scientist Ian Chubb, we’re asking how each science discipline will contribute to Australia now and in the future. Written by luminaries and accompanied by two expert commentaries to ensure a broader perspective, these articles run fortnightly and focus on each of the major scientific areas. Today, we put biological science under the microscope.

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“Chinks in the armour” of deadly leukaemia cells found by Griffith University researchers

Gold Coast Bulletin Stephanie Bedo March 14, 2014

GOLD Coast scientists are a step closer to killing the most common childhood cancer.
Researchers from Griffith University’s Institute for Glycomics who first found “chinks in the armour” of deadly leukaemia cells are now targeting those weaknesses with potential drugs. The drugs being tested could pave the way for new treatments, with the ultimate goal being a cure.

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Research data management at institutions | Part 1: Visions

Elsevier Library Connect Anita de Waard, Daniel Rotman, Mike Lauruhn

Research data has always been at the core of much scientific research, though the primary conduit of scientific communication has been the peer-reviewed journal article. The article summarizes, synthesizes and interprets the raw data; places the data in the context of theory and hypotheses and mechanisms; and provides an interpretation of the data. However, in its current form, the article alone does not provide sufficient details of the data to facilitate integration within larger data contexts, or to allow for reconstruction of the experiment or alternative analyses, syntheses or interpretations.

This article is the first in a three-part series.

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PLOS’ New Data Policy: Public Access to Data

PLOS Blogs Liz Silva 24 February 2014

Access to research results, immediately and without restriction, has always been at the heart of PLOS’ mission and the wider Open Access movement. However, without similar access to the data underlying the findings, the article can be of limited use. For this reason, PLOS has always required that authors make their data available to other academic researchers who wish to replicate, reanalyze, or build upon the findings published in our journals.

In an effort to increase access to this data, we are now revising our data-sharing policy for all PLOS journals: authors must make all data publicly available, without restriction, immediately upon publication of the article. Beginning March 3rd, 2014, all authors who submit to a PLOS journal will be asked to provide a Data Availability Statement, describing where and how others can access each dataset that underlies the findings. This Data Availability Statement will be published on the first page of each article.

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