8. Avoiding scientific misconduct

Throughout the Research to Publication programme we emphasise the importance of fully and accurately reporting the methods and results of studies. Selectively reporting these, especially to make results seem more positive, skews the evidence base in medicine.

In this course we look at other kinds of misconduct and challenges to research integrity. Two modules explain why authorship is much more than simply a writing role; it brings responsibility as well as credit. One module considers the roles and responsibilities of investigators during the planning and conduct of a study. We define plagiarism, explain why it matters, and show how journals detect it.

This course also provides an overview of how journals prevent and detect scientific misconduct and how they act on it once it has been confirmed.

Related module: Scientific transparency: the pitfalls of selective reporting


Accreditor credit Accreditation statement
Research to Publication 24:00 hours BMJ accredit this course to the value of the modules it contains.