Time to act say COPE Chair, Liz Wager, and BMJ editor in chief, Fiona Godlee, who discuss the lack of systems in place to investigate research misconduct in the UK. The editorial is published in the BMJ and is also available here; excerpt:
The meeting will hear that research misconduct is alive and well
in the UK even when tightly defined as intentional acts of
falsification and fabrication. It is almost certainly flourishing
when defined more broadly—as some are now arguing it should
be 12—to include a wide range of questionable behaviours that
threaten the integrity of science, including suppression of data
and failure to publish research results.