Clarivate Plc, a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, has released a report, ‘Research Integrity: Understanding our shared responsibility for a sustainable scholarly ecosystem’. Recent analysis from the Institute for Scientific InformationTM at Clarivate has found that research malpractice is becoming more prevalent and sophisticated, threatening the value and long-term sustainability of scientific literature. It highlights the urgent need for all research stakeholders to agree a code of ethics and action, working collaboratively and decisively to protect research integrity amidst a rapidly evolving ecosystem.
The report exposes the range of tactics used to subvert research integrity, as well as the most susceptible points in the research cycle. It also outlines the shared responsibilities of those involved in the process – including funders, institutions and publishers – emphasising the crucial role of collaboration and calling for community guidelines around ethics and actions, especially in terms of research assessment and incentivisation. Finally, the report analyses how the research community can use technology, data, and analytics to uphold the principles of research integrity, highlighting six major areas for improvement.
Drawing on Web of ScienceTM data, the findings show how deviant publication practices have risen drastically in recent years, with more researchers misrepresenting their work to garner kudos in their field, or simply doing what they feel they must to survive in a ‘publish or perish’ world. However, considering current trends in the scholarly ecosystem, such as increasing transparency through open research and digital transformation and acceleration, the authors highlight an opportunity for clarity and action.
The report acts as a guide for anyone with a stake in the research process. Many like researchers, journals, publishers, institutions, funders, governments, and database & analytics providers stand to benefit from upholding research integrity, with a wide variety of motivating factors.
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