Liverpool John Moores University (the University) expects the highest standards of integrity to be observed in the conducting of research. Although allegations of research misconduct are rare, the University takes all such allegations very seriously and will ensure that they are investigated fully with the outcome of the investigation fully reported. The University is also committed to protecting its staff and students from malicious accusations and will take action against any individual(s) responsible for such allegations.
The University Research and Scholarship Committee has formally confirmed the University’s commitment to The Concordat to Support Research Integrity (2012). The Concordat (devised by the UK Government, Universities UK and major funding bodies) sets out five commitments that those engaged in research should make to help ensure that the highest standards of rigour and integrity are maintained. These key commitments apply to researchers, their employers and funding bodies alike.
The University’s Procedure for the Investigation of Alleged Misconduct in Research reflects the need for expert knowledge to resolve complaints of research misconduct. The procedure has been approved by the Academic Board of the University and has taken due account of sector wide developments with regard to the identification and investigation of research misconduct and the work of the UK Research Integrity Office.
Protocol for Investigating Officers (link to pdf)
Protocol for Formal Hearing (link to pdf)
Guidance for Researchers on Retractions in Academic Journals
In the event of establishing that there has been misconduct in carrying out research or an investigation reveals that serious errors have occurred, it may become necessary to retract articles or submissions in journals or other publications. The UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO) has produced an information note to raise awareness of the need for retractions in academic journals and reminds researchers that good practice in research means reporting concerns about the conduct of research, including its publication and dissemination.
The guidance looks at what circumstances might justify retraction, what are the professional responsibilities in this respect and emphasises the need for prompt and thorough investigation.