BMC Research Notes
(Accessed 16 Apr 2022)
A network of change: united action on research integrity
Authors: Thomas Rhys Evans, Madeleine Pownall, Elizabeth Collins, Emma L. Henderson, Jade S. Pickering, Aoife O’Mahony, Mirela Zaneva, Matt Jaquiery and Tsvetomira Dumbalska
Citation: BMC Research Notes 2022 15:141
Content type: Commentary Published on: 14 April 2022
The last decade has seen renewed concern within the scientific community over the reproducibility and transparency of research findings. This paper outlines some of the various responsibilities of stakeholders in addressing the systemic issues that contribute to this concern. In particular, this paper asserts that a united, joined-up approach is needed, in which all stakeholders, including researchers, universities, funders, publishers, and governments, work together to set standards of research integrity and engender scientific progress and innovation. Using two developments as examples: the adoption of Registered Reports as a discrete initiative, and the use of open data as an ongoing norm change, we discuss the importance of collaboration across stakeholders.