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“Science Integrity and Publication Bias” special session at SETAC Europe Annual Meeting

Thursday, November 5, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Delphine Delire
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SETAC Europe launches new long-term project on

“Science Integrity and Publication Bias


SETAC Nantes Abstract submission is now open!


There is a broad consensus among academic institutions, government and business that more systematic and explicit attention should be paid to scientific integrity. Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)  not only addresses ethical issues. It is also a relevant operational priority in times when there is increased scrutiny from government, regulatory authorities, stakeholders and the public, and the reproducibility of research findings appears to be low. Previous studies have shown that on average 2 per cent of scientists conduct fraud and 34 percent are involved in Questionable Research Practices (QRP), which due to its high frequency, may have a larger organizational impact. Surveys have shown that the most common QRP is not to publish a valid study. If the likelihood of publication is related to the study outcome (often negative), publication bias occurs. The conference addresses this topic with a special session and associated poster presentations.


The special session will include plenary contributions on « Research Integrity and Publication Bias » from different angles: academia, science institutes, academic journals, industry and government, and it will conclude with a forum discussion on the topic. 


The aim of the poster presentation is to provide an opportunity to authors to present valid studies, regardless their sample size or reported outcomes, which are not likely to be published elsewhere because of negative results or other reasons. The only criteria for inclusion in the poster session is the study design, which needs to show that the study was conducted in a reasonable manner. This session and similar poster sessions at future SETAC meetings will be included in a web-based database and published by SETAC to bring this research into the public domain and contribute to an unbiased availability of study results. 


For more information, visit Submit your abstract before the 25 November deadline.


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