New body will encourage honesty, rigour and openness across the system, writes Helen Munn
The past year has catapulted research to the forefront of people’s lives, shaping our individual and collective responses to the coronavirus pandemic. There have been spectacular scientific successes, at a pace previously unimagined, and it is not surprising that this has brought an even sharper focus on the accuracy and trustworthiness of research.
During this time I have had the interesting task of consulting widely on UK research integrity, in my role as interim chair of the new UK Committee on Research Integrity (UK CORI). There is, I found, a strong appetite in all quarters to talk more—and more openly—about the issue, and a recognition that we need to work harder to ensure everyone in the system has the skills and support to conduct high-quality, robust research.