Friday, November 28, 2014

Law Faculty Holds Research Integrity Training

Hong Kong universities are paying closer attention to the promotion of effective research ethics and integrity standards and procedures. Professor Mark Israel of the University of Western Australia (UWA) visited the Faculty of Law on 26-27 November 2014 to conduct two research integrity training sessions for Faculty members and RPG students respectively.
Professor Israel is Winthrop Professor of Law and Criminology in the Faculty of Law, UWA.  He is an expert in the areas of research ethics and integrity, and higher education and research policy.  The second edition of his book, Research Ethics and Integrity for Social Scientists (Sage) was published in October 2014.  Professor Israel outlined important principles in HKU's Policy on Research Integrity and other international standards including the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity.  Hypotheticals were used to illustrate the practical application of integrity standards.  The hypotheticals raised issues concerning conflicts of interest, plagiarism, authorship, duplicate and redundant publication (self-plagiarism), editorial ethics, grants and procurement, international collaboration and using data without ethical approval. The training sessions were supported by the University of Hong Kong's Research Integrity Funding Scheme.

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