Research integrity


Terms of reference


1 Introduction

Our inquiry

The Science Minister’s reluctance to give oral evidence

2 Understanding and measuring ‘research integrity’


Trends in problems with research integrity

Survey data


Meta-research and image manipulation

Reproducibility and replication

Information from annual university narrative statements

3 The Concordat to Support Research Integrity


Progress in implementing the Concordat

Monitoring and incentivising compliance

Research integrity in Government departments

4 Supporting and promoting the integrity of research

UKRIO’s role in supporting research integrity

Creating a suitable ‘research culture’


Statistical training

‘Open science’

Better reporting of methods

5 Detecting and responding to problems with research integrity


Responding to problems with research integrity

Institutional processes for responding to misconduct allegations

Maintaining the integrity of the research record

Recording sanctions on researchers

Communication to coordinate the response to problems with research integrity

6 Regulating research and researchers

Self-regulation in the UK

International examples

Monitoring trends

Conclusions and recommendations

Annex: Summary of Universities UK member responses on implementation of the Concordat to Support Research Integrity

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 11 July 2018