Research Integrity, Misconduct, and Misinformation
Roger Schonfeld, Ithaka S+R
The integrity of scientific research is increasingly in question, as sources of research misconduct and publishing fraud increase. Additionally, it seems that in part as a consequence of increasing open access, the scholarly record has become a more significant vector for misinformation. In this context, the neutrality of information organizations seems to be a growing liability, and publishers and universities alike are struggling to come up with the policies and incentives to defend against and ideally deter these threats.
In this session, Roger will review some of the significant issues and some areas of uncertainty as context for a discussion about what kinds of policy options might be available in response. Please read, before the seminar, a piece Roger recently wrote about some of these issues in the Scholarly Kitchen entitled “Is Scientific Communication Fit for Purpose?”
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Roger Schonfeld is is program director at Ithaka S+R, where he is responsible for research and advisory work that addresses libraries, scholarly communication, museums, and the academic research enterprise.
Roger and the team of methodological and subject matter experts that comprise the program conduct research and provide advisory services to drive evidence-based innovation and leadership to foster research, learning, and preservation. This has included extensive survey and qualitative research of faculty members and students, as well as leaders such as senior research officers, presidents and provosts, and the directors of libraries and museums. Additional leadership and policy projects have sought to bolster organizational strategy and leadership, diversity and community engagement, and collections management and preservation. The team provides strategic guidance and advisory services for software companies, publishers and other content providers, and academic libraries on the transformation of scholarly communications and the research workflow. Several additional areas of current emphasis include research data services, student basic needs, and higher education in prisons.