Why should academia be concerned about the ethics of research and publication?

Amendments to the General Rules for Competitive Financing of Research and Dissemination Projects of the Research Council of Lithuania (the Rules) took effect on 6 April of this year. The updated Rules provide for an additional three-year period for researchers to submit the results (product) of research funded from the state budget funds through competition. This amendment aims to contribute to the quality of research results. The provision applies to projects of national research programmes, the State Programme for Lithuanian Research and Dissemination for 2016-2024, the necessity research projects, and projects of groups of scientists and bilateral (trilateral) programmes.

The Ombudswoman Loreta Tauginienė pointed at the meeting with representatives of the Lithuanian Research Council held on 22 May to the number of publications published on the basis of one research and the related possible violations of research and publication ethics. The Ombudswoman emphasized the importance of informing the academic community of the state’s strategic expectations for the quality of research at an early stage of research planning, i.e. when preparing research project applications, and explaining the potential consequences of identifying violations of research and publication ethics violations (e.g., duplicate publication, HARKing, self-plagiarism, salami publication, etc.). L. Tauginienė also spoke about the necessity to increase access to scientific research data, which could be used by the public and taken into consideration in investigating possible violations of research and publication ethics.