Welcome to this special issue on research integrity!
The headlines have spoken for themselves. Recent research misconduct portrayed in the media, such as the Paolo Macchiarini case, illustrates in graphic details how the incessant pressure bestowed upon scientists is now taking its toll.
Invoking external pressure does not absolve researchers from their responsibility in the case of scientific fraud or even when displaying unethical behaviour. But it shows that beyond that personal responsibility, the entire research system is not currently adequate to support greater level of research integrity.
We hope you will enjoy this special issue and don’t forget to share it widely in your circles and to comment using the box at the end of each article.
The EuroScientist Team!
By Sabine Louët, EuroScientist Editor.
By Sheila Jasanoff, director of the program on science, technology and society at Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
By Ioana Galleron, Chair of the ENRESSH COST Action and senior lecturer in French literature at the University of Grenoble-Alps, France.
By Maura Hiney & Tony Peatfield, Research integrity working group, Science Europe, Brussels, Belgium.
By Science Policy Working Group, EuroScience, Strasbourg, France.
By Lex Bouter, professor of methodology and integrity at VU Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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