Research Integrity

Our research ethos is about excellence, honesty, openness, accountability and integrity. We are committed to supporting our researchers to work to the highest standards, conduct responsible research, and produce robust and reproducible data. We have created an open and collaborative research environment in order to achieve this.

In addition to research policies that guide our researchers in best practice, we have appointed a dedicated Research Integrity Adviser who helps foster our culture of research integrity by:

• Providing advice on good research practices and research integrity
• Overseeing and delivering research integrity training
• Reviewing manuscripts prior to submission for publication
• Supporting researchers with publication queries or research integrity issues
• Developing research policies
• Supporting policy compliance, including data archiving
• Disseminating policy updates
• Co-ordinating the research integrity champions
• Acting as an internal and external point of contact for research misconduct concerns and allegations
• Undertaking initial research misconduct investigations and reporting to the Director
• Engaging with the sector
• Writing the annual research integrity statement

Recognising that research integrity comes into all areas of research from experimental design, collecting, analysing and managing data, reporting and publishing data to writing grant applications, we have developed policies, guidelines, peer review and training to cover a broad spectrum of working practices that underpin a healthy research environment. We also have research integrity champions embedded within each research group and each core facility team to foster grassroots good research conduct. We are subscribers to the UK Research Integrity Office and follow the principles of the Concordat to Support Research Integrity.

Policies relating to research integrity
Our policies relating to research integrity, which are in-line with Cancer Research UK's Research Integrity Policy and grant terms and conditions, include:

• Code of Good Practice in Research
• Publishing and Open Access
• Ethics
• Data Preservation
• Whistleblowing
• Misconduct in Research

CRUK Beatson Institute policies are available to our researchers on our intranet and to external researchers upon request.

Research integrity training is mandatory for all our researchers, from PhD students to group leaders, and is delivered in-house by scientists with relevant research experience. As well as outlining our policies and expectations, our face-to-face workshops raise awareness, encourage behaviour change and offer opportunities to discuss important issues underpinning research integrity. Our bespoke training covers generic issues but course content is specific to the work being done at the Institute.

Research Integrity workshops:

• Research integrity induction
• Avoiding plagiarism
• Data management and sharing
• Responsible image processing
• Appropriate use of statistical tests and experimental design
• R for biologists

Guidelines for researchers
Guidelines for our researchers in managing and disseminating research data are available on our intranet and to external researchers upon request:

• Managing and sharing research data
• Research integrity checklist
• Publishing checklist
• Open access publishing

Peer review
Data in research papers and funding applications are peer-reviewed informally at lab meetings and Institute seminars, and prior to submission by authors, other members of the Institute and the Research Integrity Adviser.

Pre-submission manuscript reviews
Our primary research papers and reviews are checked for plagiarism using iThenticate. In addition, accuracy of experimental methods and statistical analyses, data descriptions, figures and figure legends in primary research papers are assessed for clear, informative and accurate reporting and for adherence to discipline standards.

Research integrity champions
The research integrity champions are selected by each Group or Team Leader for their interest and knowledge of research integrity and willingness to undertake the role. The role is voluntary and may be held by any member of a research group, ranging from Group Leader, senior technician, postdoc to PhD student. The research integrity champions’ responsibilities are:

• Point of contact within their research group for the research integrity adviser
• Reinforce the work of the research integrity adviser
• Help support and promote good research practices within their research group
• Be familiar with the Beatson’s research integrity policies
• Disseminate research integrity updates, news and policy revisions
• Aid the implementation of new or revised research integrity policies
• Facilitate archiving data associated with their group’s publications
• Attend the annual research integrity champion meeting
• Participate in research integrity projects at the Beatson

The names of the research integrity champions are available on our intranet and to external researchers upon request.

Useful links
CRUK Beatson Institute Use of Animals in Our Research
CRUK Blog: Embedding research integrity at the core of our science
Cancer Research UK's Research Integrity Policy
Cancer Research UK's Grant Terms and Conditions
Concordat to Support Research Integrity
CRUK’s Research integrity news
Give every paper a read for reproducibility
UK Research Integrity Office
UKRIO research integrity checklist

Point of contact
Dr Catherine Winchester, Senior Research Adviser - Grants and Research Integrity
Tel: 0141 330 1871


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