Safeguarding of academic ethics is one of the strategies for research improvement

On February 20-22, the Ombudswoman for Academic Ethics and Procedures Loreta Tauginienė and Senior Specialist (Analyst) Gintarė Židonė participated in the 3rd International Conference organised by REWARD and EQUATOR networks. The aim of the Conference was to discuss challenges of scientific activities and their solutions with various stakeholders (e.g. research funding organisations, publishers, editors of scientific journals, international networks, etc.). It was discussed how to strengthen the role of ethics committee, improve the evaluation of compliance with research ethics, improve the quality of peer review, and promote replicability in order to avoid further research waste. To achieve these changes, the international community is developing specific problem-oriented guidelines.

Ethical issues of biomedical research were at the focus of discussions. It is important for academic community of this field to find solutions to conduct research with integrity, and to learn the impact of clinical trials registry. Various training initiatives for doctoral students of individual research and higher education institutions were also presented, and the issues of data opening and data protection, publication of reports, cooperation of researchers and other stakeholders were discussed.

Moreover, the international tendency was noticed that more and more editors of scientific journals are expanding management structure of a scientific journal by including research integrity managers / coordinators who contribute to the quality safeguarding of scientific journals. Such a step is important to maintain the citation index of scientific journals.