Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Considers Breach of Contract Award For Researcher

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Considers Breach of Contract Award For Researcher

Institutions and researchers alike will be watching the outcome of a case pending before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court addressing whether a longtime cancer researcher can recover the full cost of rebuilding and operating her research lab (estimated at over $10M) as damages for breach of contract and the closure of her lab (The case is SJC-12688).

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No ‘Summer Slump’: ORI Appoints 3 New Directors During Summer 2019

No ‘Summer Slump’: ORI Appoints 3 New Directors During Summer 2019

While many businesses slow down during the summer months, the Office of Research Integrity has been hard at work identifying a new wave of scientists to lead the agency.

In June 2019, ORI announced that Wanda K. Jones, Ph.D., had been named permanent Deputy Director of ORI. Dr. Jones, who previously served in an interim capacity, has a strong background in women’s health issues and in developing effective tools to screen for HIV/AIDS virus.

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Federal Agencies Dub Sexual Harassment “as serious as research misconduct”

Federal Agencies Dub Sexual Harassment “as serious as research misconduct”

For institutions closely following the progression of the evolving enforcement of Title IX in the academic and university setting and, most recently, the close scrutiny paid to “misconduct” cases across the scientific and non-scientific spectrums, NIH’s announcement earlier this summer that the agency would take more of a stand against misconduct should come as no surprise. It is safe to say that academic institutions charged with preventing research fraud and misconduct must now look beyond the four doors of the laboratory and even beyond the science itself.

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Have you been “Bullied into Bad Science?” How to support Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and eliminate the publish or perish mentality from our labs.

Have you been “Bullied into Bad Science?” How to support Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and eliminate the publish or perish mentality from our labs.

A group of postdocs at University of Cambridge are taking the lead in combatting academic bullying of young researchers in the world of publishing. This campaign – driven by self-branded “Early Career Researchers (ECRs)” – condemns current publishing practices and urges the scientific community to embrace more transparent and open publishing practices to better promote scientific progress. 

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What is self-plagiarism? (and why it is not research misconduct)

What is self-plagiarism? (and why it is not research misconduct)

You may have heard the term “self-plagiarism” – or the related terms of “text recycling,” “redundancy,” “reuse,” or “overlapping text” – thrown around recently as a form of alleged research misconduct. In fact, a new wave of misconduct charges relying on these broad concepts has emerged, threatening research scientists from all walks of the science community.

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