Ensuring integrity in biomedical research

Date & Time
Tuesday, September 5, 2023, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Location Name
Fleming / Whittle
Session Type

We all need data we can trust. Cochrane policy requires that studies with serious research integrity problems, including fraudulent data, be excluded from Cochrane Reviews.  This plenary explored the scope and root causes of the problem of fraudulent and problematic research.  Solutions to identifying and preventing the publication of research with serious research integrity problems were discussed.  The international panel of speakers offered perspectives from a variety of disciplines on paper mills, tools to identify fraudulent studies, and what systematic reviewers and journals can do to improve research integrity. There was ample time for audience participation in the discussion of proposed solutions.


  • Quantity over quality: a primer on research paper mills (Jenny Byrne)
  • Journals identifying and eliminating problem studies (John Carlisle)
  • This is a global issue: The African Research Integrity Network (ARIN) (Limbanazo Matandika)
  • How to reduce structural and academic incentives that promote fraud (Cyril Labbe)
  • Protecting the integrity of systematic reviews (Lisa Bero)

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This session was chaired by Richard Van Noorden, from Nature.