The World Conference on Research Integrity (WCRI) aims ‘to foster the exchange of information and discussion about responsible conduct of research’.
This June the WCRI is taking place in Hong Kong and we’re sponsoring ten travel grants to help researchers from developing and emerging nations to attend. They will also be presenting at the conference, on topics ranging from effective ways to protect medical data to ethical ways of assigning authorship.
We spoke to some of these researchers to find out what they’re looking forward to and the themes they anticipate will be on everyone’s lips.
“I’m eager to hear about cultural differences in research, as well as authorship credit in different regions. I’m also looking to learn about modern approaches to displaying research data. Finally, I hope to hear about methods for communicating research results to the public, including government and policy makers.”
– Inna Lutsenko, Kyrgyzstan
There’s a wide range of topics of interest to the grant recipients, from managing misconduct to the societal impact of research. However, a common theme was the desire for practical solutions.
The researchers we spoke to are particularly keen to return from the conference with things they can implement. Lalit Sharma from India wants to “learn new techniques and share innovative ideas” and Vijaya Hegde, also from India, is looking forward to “solutions to address new challenges for research integrity”.
“At this conference, I am highly interested to learn new codes of conduct for research integrity in innovation and its impact. Moreover, I am also interested to learn about measures for improving organisational assessment of researchers in the era of predatory publishers.”
– Udaya Pratap Singh, Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology & Sciences, India
As with most conferences, this will also be an important opportunity for researchers to renew old acquaintances and establish new contacts with scholars working in similar areas. Job Nmadu from Nigeria says it will be an “opportunity to share my experiences in international collaborations, interact and network”.
Those we spoke to are particularly looking forward to the chance to hear how these issues are being tackled in other parts of the world. Udaya Pratap Singh told us, “I will be delighted to learn about the work of Asian countries (Malaysia, Korea and China) towards advancing research integrity.”
“I am looking forward to the meet-the-expert sessions, which provide an opportunity for participants to meet and learn from internationally recognized leaders in the research integrity field in round table discussions. I also look forward to presenting my own research at the conference in the presence of these international experts.”
– Vijeta Jha, Samvad Partners, India
The recipients of this year’s WCRI Taylor & Francis travel grants are:
- Tamara Bates, Anic Bates clinic, Croatia
‘Do the updated ICMJE authorship criteria make a difference?’
- Vishal Dogra, Piramal Swasthya Management and Research Institute, India
‘What are the barriers to research? A nationwide institutional assessment of faculty working in Medical Colleges in India’
- Vijaya Hegde, A.J. Institute of Dental Sciences, India
‘Ethical perspectives in use of personal data from Medical Records for Health Research’
- Vijeta Jha, Samvad Partners, India
‘Fuzzy-Based Multi-Criteria Decision Making Algorithm: An Innovative Tool for Research Institutions for Evaluation’
- Shamima Lasker, MH Somorita Medical College, Bangladesh
‘Knowledge and Attitude of Ethics Committee (EC) Members Regarding Bioethics’
- Inna Lutsenko, Kyrgyz State Medical Academy, Kyrgyzstan
‘Advantages in the Conducting Research Using the First Innovative Electronic Stroke Registry SITS in Kyrgyzstan’
- Job Nmadu, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria
‘Research climate in Nigerian universities: A comparative analysis of two universities with similar mandate’
- Lalit Sharma, Jaypee University of Information Technology, Solan, H.P., India
‘India Authorship: Professional, ethical and operational issues’
- Udaya Pratap Singh, Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology & Sciences, India
‘Publish or Perish: Research Integrity in Indian Academics’
- Ravinder Kumar Soni, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, India
‘Statistical integrity in biomedical research- A questionable practice/conduct’
The paper I will be presenting is ‘What are the barriers to research?’. In it I highlight the fact that research output from social and medical science disciplines in India is much lower than the rest of the world. In particular, researchers working in maternal, neonatal, child health and nutrition areas find time constraints, no motivation, and inadequate training to pursue quality research.
– Vishal Dogra, Piramal Swasthya Management and Research Institute, India