The Singapore Statement provides a guide for the responsible conduct of research

Dear Editor,
In July 2010, the Second World Conference on Research Integrity took place in Singapore. On September 22, 2010, the conference released the Singapore Statement, a product of 350 delegates from 50 countries. The conference addressed research misconduct, poor research practices, and the need to advance research integrity collaboratively and internationally.

The Preamble to the Singapore Statement takes the view that the values and benefits of research rely on research integrity. The statement’s principles are honesty, accountability, professional courtesy and fairness, and good stewardship.

The Singapore Statement presents 14 responsibilities with which researchers need to comply. These are integrity; adherence to regulations; research methods; research records; research findings; authorship; publication acknowledgment; peer review; conflict of interest; public communication; reporting irresponsible research practices; responding to irresponsible research practices; research environments; and societal considerations.

Among the 14 responsibilities is that researchers must differentiate professional comments from opinions arising from personal views during public discussions. Director of the Research Ethics and Integrity Program at the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research Professor Nick Steneck noted that there are some scientists who confuse the line between their scientific findings and their opinions (THES, 2010).

He believes that while researchers do have a right to hold and disseminate their opinions, at the same time, they need to evaluate their opinions against societal benefits and risks. Professor Steneck would like to think that the Singapore Statement would help governments, organizations and researchers to be constructive.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) was co-sponsor of the conference. Its intent is to harmonize standards, and a good way to begin such an exercise is to secure an international agreement on research integrity.

The Singapore statement really is a global guide for the responsible conduct of research, and should not be classified as a regulatory document. This document would have strong utility value wherever there is responsible conduct of research, but particularly so in societies where there is a paucity of research. Universities and governments now have the responsibility to establish institutional mechanisms to ensure that there is responsible conduct of research.

Yours faithfully,
Prem Misir

Comments  

Pile-driving by private citizen for first-floor pool threatening nearby homes

Dear Editor, The bombardment of the Triumph front lands community on the East Coast of Demerara, continues.

Lessons

Dear Editor, Your editorial yesterday, on the non-implementation of CoI recommendations among other accepted policies, brings to mind two of my ‘Rules for Living in the Rupununi’: 4.

I am a GNBA board member but I do not back Broadcasting Bill

Dear Editor, I am a member of the Governing Board of the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority, having been nominated by the Leader of the Opposition.

The Public Utilities Commission must act within the parameters of Act 10, 1999

Dear Editor, From the onset, permit us to state that it is not the policy of the Public Utilities Commission to respond to articles or letters published in the media, as some concerns and/or issues are directly within the purview of the utility in question.

Noise levels at night around All Saints Church, NA intolerable

Dear Editor, I am writing to ask for your intervention in a matter of great urgency in the town of New Amsterdam and it concerns the application of laws, rules, and regulations (or lack thereof) in the matter of noise abatement at the comer of Trinity and Main Streets.

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly.

We built stabroeknews.com using new technology. This makes our website faster, more feature rich and easier to use for 95% of our readers.
Unfortunately, your browser does not support some of these technologies. Click the button below and choose a modern browser to receive our intended user experience.

Update my browser now

×